Overuse injuries are a result of many “micro-injuries” to a muscle or joint that never get a chance to heal, causing pain and loss of function. Common causes of these type of injuries are taking on too much physical activity too quickly or simply doing too much of one type of activity.
Improper form – whether you’re running, lifting weights, swinging a golf club or tennis racket, or throwing a ball – can also cause overuse injuries. Although these injuries can happen to anyone, they are more likely to occur in activities involving repetitive motion and in participants whose bodies are undergoing the inevitable changes of getting older.
Because overuse injuries occur gradually over time and are more subtle than sudden strains, sprains, tears or fractures, you should know to look for signs including:
• Pain, tingling, weakness, swelling or stiffness in the affected area
• Loss of performance that persists and gets worse
• Soreness, aching or limping that last three days or more
If you have these symptoms, turn to the specialists at Fairview Sports and Orthopedic Care for treatment of your injuries and to get you back to enjoying your activity. During a comprehensive evaluation, we’ll talk with you to find out exactly what’s causing your pain and performance loss.
That includes discussing any recent changes in technique, intensity, duration, frequency or types of activity. Once we’ve identified the root cause of your overuse injury, we can treat your pain and develop a plan to get you back to health with variety of treatments, including:
• Athletic training
• Physical therapy
• Chiropractic care
• Medical acupuncture
We can help you to correct imbalances in flexibility and strength or, if you’ve had a previous injury, work to restore range of motion, muscle strength and stability. By modifying activities to suit your abilities, we can help you gradually increase your activity level until you’re back to where you want to be.
Overuse injuries shouldn’t prevent you from being physically active. By working with Fairview Sports and Orthopedic Care, listening to your body and pacing yourself, you can avoid this common setback and safely increase your activity level.
Samuel Bugbee, M.D., CAQ, Sports Medicine Physician, Fairview Sports and Orthopedic Care
“Our first, best tool is listening to get at the root cause of your injury. Are you playing more often, working harder, running farther? Did you change your technique? By working with our team of doctors, physical therapists, chiropractors and athletic trainers and pacing yourself, you can return to your activity pain-free, with better flexibility and strength.”
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