Top 6 Common Overuse Injuries

Overuse injuries are a common affliction amongst athletes and workers whose daily activity requires the same, repetitive motion all day long. Overuse injuries occur because the repetitive motion causes intense physical stress on the body. Physical stress can at times be beneficial, aiding in the buildup of bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments, making them stronger and more flexible. This tissue rebuilding process is called remodeling, which involves the breaking down, and eventually rebuilding up of the soft tissue. However, when the joint is overused, it is possible to cause the tissue to break down faster than it can rebuild, or heal, and this leads to overuse injuries. There are many different types of overuse injuries, with a different one for practically every sport or occupation, but these are the most common.

Shin Splints: This injury is most common amongst athletes who run extensively on hard surfaces such as asphalt or pavement without the proper foot support. Overtime this running can cause painful damage to the muscles, tendons, and bones in the shin region of the leg.

Knee Pain: Knee pain is often caused by an abnormal tugging on the muscles on the underside of the knee cap. This can lead to quadriceps fatigue and intense pain. This type of injury is common among runners, and workers who have to lift heavy loads all day, such as warehouse employees.

Stress Fractures: Stress fractures are caused by a repetitive blow to the bone, which causes, minor, acute fractures in the bone. These are often not even noticeable at the time, but can over time weaken the bone, and develop into a painful break or fracture. This type of injury is common amongst athletes such as runners, or basketball players.

Little Leaguer's Elbow: Little Leaguer’s Elbow is a catchall term used by doctors for the plethora of injuries that can occur through overuse of the elbow’s cartilage and tendons. This injury is caused to ball players due to the repetitive motion of throwing the ball over and over, but many athletes and others suffer from similar afflictions.

Heel Injuries: Heel injuries are a painful and debilitating injury to the foot, caused by an inflammation where the Achilles tendon joins to the heel bone. This injury is common amongst workers whose job requires them to walk a lot on a hard floor, and also amongst athletes that run a lot, such as soccer players and track stars.

Chronic Tendonitis: Tendonitis is one of the most common types of overuse injuries. This injury occurs in all athletic and occupation fields and can especially affect the elderly. Tendonitis can develop in any joint that is moved a lot, but is especially common in those of the shoulders, ankles, elbows and feet, or those joints which, in an active individual, are in almost constant motion. Chronic Tendonitis is caused by the buildup of scar tissue on the tendons. This scar tissue can be caused by trauma to the joint, or more commonly, overuse causing tearing in the tendons, which does not have time to heal properly. This scar tissue is not as flexible as the original tendon and can tear and burst easily, causing repeated pain, and swelling in the afflicted joint.

Overuse injuries can often be easily avoided by stretching thoroughly before a workout, and by allowing your joints to rest. If you are experiencing joint pain following an exercise activity, contact AAA Medical Solutions today, at 210-495-0086, to schedule a consultation. The doctors will be able to fully diagnose your injury and advice you on a course of action to reduce the pain, and heal.