People work hard and play hard, all at the expense of their bodies. Many times, a weekend warrior tries to shrug off an injury caused by playing their favorite sport – only to develop an overuse injury that causes chronic pain.
Injuries like shin splints for runners, rotator cuff tendonitis for tennis players, and golfer’s elbow (yes, for golfers) are examples of overuse injuries. When a person doesn’t take the time or get the medical attention necessary to properly heal from the injury, it can create a long-term health issue that will never heal – and will likely, over time, worsen.
Common Causes of Overuse Injuries
Every overuse injury is caused by some type of repetitive trauma. These injuries typically stem from improper form, training too hard, pushing yourself too much, or doing too many repetitive motions without taking enough breaks.
Although anyone can suffer an overuse type of injury, certain people are more prone if they have certain medical conditions or are in certain professions. You may also develop an overuse injury if you are not adequately adjusting your activity levels as you get older.
For example, if a person regularly plays soccer and also runs 10 miles every day for conditioning, they should be under a physician’s supervision in order to avoid an overuse injury to their knees. Another cause of overuse injuries is when someone plays a sport without wearing or using the appropriate gear and equipment.
Can an Overuse Injury Be Avoided?
Yes. First, mix up the routine. Instead of running 10 miles every day, run a short length the first day, then another short length the second, then a long length the third. This can help to save the cartilage in your feet, shins, and ankles, or prevent causing plantar fasciitis in your feet and heels.
Second, gradually increase goals. If you can bench-press 185 pounds one day, don’t do 205 the next. Or, if your shoulder is causing pain, don’t push through – give it a rest.
Third, if your repetitive-motion injury is developing due to your work, such as typing all day, be sure to take breaks. It may seem difficult to do, but it will be more difficult to have to endure surgery and possibly be forced to change professions.
Sports Physicians in Fort Lauderdale
Early diagnosis of an overuse injury is key, especially if you are young, you have begun a new profession, you have started a new hobby, or you’re engaging in a new sport (even amateur). Your orthopedic doctor will be able to identify possible causes of the injury or pain in order to help you avoid further complications.
Our team at Total Orthopaedic Care is here to help you identify key areas of potential problems – and to help get you back in the game. We will help you train and work more efficiently and safely, so you will enjoy optimum performance and satisfaction for your efforts.
We can be reached at (954) 735-3535 or request an appointment online today. We will provide the best care and advice, regardless of whether you are an Olympic hopeful, a weekend warrior, a professional athlete, a hard-working employee, or a retiree who is getting ever-better at golf!