How are repetitive stress injuries diagnosed?

Doctors diagnosing a repetitive stress injury will take your medical history and want to know when symptoms started, what the symptoms are, and what activities bring about these symptoms. They will use different tests to diagnose different types of repetitive stress injuries. Repetitive stress injuries involving bones may require x-rays, bone scans, or MRIs; x-rays may be given a few weeks after the first symptoms appear to ensure that any bone healing will be visible on the tests. Other types of repetitive stress injuries, like carpal tunnel syndrome, may be diagnosed through a physical exam of the afflicted areas or by nerve or muscle tests.

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