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An overuse injury happens gradually from a repetitive activity. These injuries are usually related to Sports Injuries or other activities. Repetitive strain injury (RSI) is another name for this kind of injury. Overuse injuries affect the tendons, muscles, bones, ligaments, and other joint-related structures.
Common overuse injuries include:
Call 702.616.4900 or Find a Doctor at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican who specializes in overuse and repetitive strain injury in the Greater Las Vegas and Henderson area. We have orthopedic and sports medicine experts that can provide the personalized treatment you need.
Overuse injuries result from continually using a set of muscles (and, therefore, your bones, ligaments, and tendons) without adequate rest for recovery and healing. Certain risk factors increase the likelihood of developing an overuse injury.
Older adults are more prone to overuse injuries. With age, tissues such as tendons tend to weaken. This makes them more susceptible to irritation from overuse. Children also have a higher risk of overuse injuries because their bodies are still growing.
Other risk factors include poor training, conditioning, and form before and while engaging in an activity, whether at work, in sports, or during a favorite hobby.
The symptoms of an overuse injury include limited range of motion, swelling, and pain. They usually worsen with specific activities and improve with rest. You may also notice a clicking, popping, grinding, or creaking noise when you move the affected body part. In children, it’s possible for overuse injuries to impair growth and affect the growth plates.
Treatment and prevention of repetitive strain injury starts with resting from the repetitive activity. Corticosteroid injections, anti-inflammatory medicines, physical therapy, and splinting also can help heal the injury. A physical therapist can show you proper form to help protect the area in the future. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to repair the injury.
Fortunately, many overuse injuries can be prevented by:
Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican provides care for repetitive strain injury and other overuse injuries in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV.