What are they?
Overuse injuries refer to specific injuries, which are sustained from repetitive action (e.g. long distance jogging) as opposed to acute injuries, which occur in an instant (e.g. sprained ankle). Another commonly used term for it is ‘repetitive strain injury’ or RSI. Repeated movements or awkward postures result in small injuries; when the injuries happen again and again, the body cannot always keep up with the healing process. Repeated movements cause wear and tear on the muscles, tendons, bones, and nerves of the body. This damage leads to pain, inflammation and loss of function.
Why do they occur?
The principle cause of overuse injuries is a rapid increase in frequency, intensity, or duration of a repetitive type action. The condition occurs when any biological tissue-muscle, bone, tendon, ligament, etc.-is stressed beyond its physical limit. Overuse injuries can happen at work or at play. They often happen in sports when a new sport or activity is started, when an athlete tries to do too much too soon, or when the same movement is repeated over a long period of time.
Physiotherapy can help!
Physiotherapy should be considered as a starting point for anyone who is suffering from overuse injuries/RSI symptoms. Physiotherapists are trained in the complete picture, from the management of the immediate injury, to the return to sport and decreasing risk of re-injury.
This includes help in:
- Pain relief
- Tissue healing
- Exercise prescription and self-management strategies for the injury
- Improving flexibility and strength Identifying and correcting biomechanical and training errors.
If you have an injury, don’t let it drag on, early assessment and treatment is very important for speedy recovery!
Symptoms of overuse injuries
- Pain Muscle weakness
- Restricted mobility of joint
Common overuse injuries
- Tennis/golfers elbow
- Arthritis Carpel tunnel syndrome
- Low back strain
- Shin splints
Prevention is the best option!
Do not over-do one activity, as this places repeated stress on your tissue. Rotate your activity so that you give your body time to recover. Pain is an indication that you may be damaging your body.
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