Overuse injuries are becoming more and more common as many of our activities of work or daily living require utilizing the same motions over and over again. When the body is not accustomed to certain movements or is being stressed for a prolonged period of time, an overuse injury can easily occur.

The information in this article can be used to help patients prevent or identify overuse injuries. In the event that an overuse injury is sustained, an appointment with one of the Orthopedic or Sports Medicine Specialists at Active Orthopedics and Sports Medicine should be scheduled so an official diagnosis can be made.

Common Overuse Injury #1: A Lower Back Sprain or Strain

The lumbar spine (lower back) connects the upper body to the lower body and serves as a strong support structure.

A sprain occurs when one or more of the lower back ligaments partially tear.

A strain occurs when one or more of the lower back muscles or tendons partially tear. Common reasons for lower back sprains and strains include the following:

  • Lifting objects that are too heavy
  • Lifting objects or performing exercises without proper form
  • Not wearing proper footwear

Once properly diagnosed, lower back sprains and strains are treated using a customized treatment plan that is tailored to the needs of patients.

Common Overuse Injury #2: Proximal Biceps Tendonitis

The proximal biceps tendon connects the biceps to the shoulder. Most lifting and overhead movements involve the use of the proximal biceps tendon. When too much weight is lifted, or the shoulder is constantly used, the proximal biceps tendon can become swollen and inflamed.

Pain in the form of a dull ache presents in the front of the shoulder.

Rest, ice, anti-inflammatory medications, and physical therapy can be used to treat proximal biceps tendonitis after the condition is officially diagnosed.

Common Overuse Injury #3: A Hamstring Strain

The hamstrings are the large group of muscles found on the back of the thigh. They are responsible for extending the leg and bending the knee. The most common hamstring injury occurs when one or more of the five hamstring tendons that insert on the back of the knee become partially torn.

Inflammation associated with a hamstring strain can cause pain, swelling, and bruising in the back of the knee.

Treatment plans to treat hamstring strains are geared towards reducing inflammation and increasing muscle strength and endurance.

Seeking Treatment at Active Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

Overuse injuries that are not diagnosed and treated properly can linger on and cause many problems for patients. If you have sustained an overuse injury, please contact any of our Bergen or Essex County offices at any time to schedule an appointment. Our orthopedic specialists are always ready to help provide patients with a treatment solution.

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