The human body has a tremendous capacity to adapt to physical stress. But when an activity is repeated too often, the body doesn’t have enough time to heal between movements. An overuse injury can occur. We see this with endurance runners who experience injuries to the foot, ankle or knee, and baseball pitchers who develop shoulder, elbow or wrist problems, for example.
Most overuse injuries can be prevented with proper training and by listening to your body.
Remember that “no pain, no gain” isn’t the best approach when pursuing physical activity. The 10% rule is a better guide. In general, you should not increase your training program or activity by more than 10% per week. This allows your body adequate time for recovery and response. The 10% rule also applies to increasing pace or mileage for walkers and runners, as well as to the amount of weight added in strength training programs.
The physicians can help develop a training program that’s right for you. Visit with your doctor before you begin an exercise program or sport to prevent chronic or recurrent problems.
Advanced Care for Challenging Injuries
In most sports and activities, overuse injuries are the most common and the most challenging to diagnose and treat. There is a fine balance between the breakdown and buildup of tissue in the muscles, tendons and ligaments. When breakdown occurs more rapidly than buildup, injury occurs. A period of rest from the sport or activity, or activity modification, is then necessary. If pain and/or swelling persist, it’s important to seek medical treatment.
The physicians are highly highly trained to recognize overuse injuries through a thorough medical evaluation and physical examination. In some instances, X-rays and additional tests such as a bone scan or MRI may be used to help determine the exact source of your pain. Treatment options may include:
- Anti-inflammatory medication
- Joint injections
- Physical therapy
If surgery is determined to be your best option for pain relief and improved mobility, minimally invasive arthroscopy, stabilization techniques and/or joint reconstruction may be recommended. We are committed to taking the time to fully understand your unique needs for treatment and healing. Together, we will find the treatment plan that’s right for you.