Treatment of Overuse Injuries

Overuse injuries occur when a particular area of the body experiences repeated motion and damage over a period of time. The overuse of that body part leads to deterioration or stain which can lead to pain, numbness, swelling, and lack of function.

While one might assume that athletes are the primary candidates for overuse injuries given the amount of time they spend practicing and playing their chosen sport, overuse injuries are also common amongst those of advanced age or those in occupations that require repetitive motion over an extended period of time.

 Construction workers often experience strain operating equipment like jackhammers and other heavy machinery. Airplane pilots can experience overuse injuries due to repeated strain put on the neck during takeoff and landing. No matter the cause, overuse injuries often require some form of treatment before they can heal.

If caught early enough, overuse injuries have a fairly expeditious healing process. When treating an overuse injury, your doctor will first consider the severity of the injury. Options for treatment include resting or icing the area, physical therapy, medicinal intervention, and, in some extreme cases, surgery.

Symptoms of overuse injuries include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Tenderness

If you suspect you may be suffering from an overuse injury, don’t delay in seeking treatment. Talk to a TPMG provider today about how you can find relief from your symptoms.

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