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:
- Growth plate problems in children, which may impair bone growth
- Strains and sprains of ligaments, muscles, and other soft tissues
- Bursitis, inflammation of a bursa that cushions a joint
- Tendonitis and other tendon problems, including tears
- Stress fractures, minor cracks in the bone
Call (702) 616-4900 or Find a Doctor at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican hospitals who specializes in overuse and repetitive strain injury in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV. We have orthopedic and sports medicine experts that can provide the personalized treatment you need.
Causes of RSI & Overuse Injuries
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.
Repetitive Strain Injury Symptoms
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.
Treating Repetitive Strain Injury & Overuse Injuries at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican Hospitals
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:
- Cross-training with a variety of activities
- Balancing cardiovascular exercise, flexibility, and strength training
- Taking the time to properly warm up before activities and cool down afterwards, even if you’re doing something around the house
- Scheduling periods of time off and rest from physical activity to allow for recovery and healing
- Using the right equipment with the proper fit
- Staying hydrated
Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican provides care for repetitive strain injury and other overuse injuries in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV.