Repetitive Strain Injury: The Most Common Overuse Injuries in Sports
Sports injuries fall into two basic categories – acute injury and overuse or repetitive injury. While both can significantly interrupt your routine, overuse injuries are much more common. Because they are more subtle and occur over time, overuse injuries must be diagnosed and treated properly for optimal healing and full recovery.
For any overuse sports-related issue, across any age and any skill level, the sports medicine team at University Hospitals has the expertise to care for these conditions which can significantly affect your athletic performance. Our University Hospitals sports medicine team provides expert care of any overuse injury, including:
- Achilles tendon rupture or tendonitis
- Biceps rupture
- Cartilage tears or injury
- Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI)
- Hip labral tear
- Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
- Little Leaguer’s shoulder injury
- Medial epicondylitis (golfer’s or baseball elbow)
- Meniscus tear
- Rotator cuff syndrome
- Shoulder instability
- Shoulder labral tears
- Tommy John/Ulnar collateral ligament sprains
Overuse Injury Healing by UH Sports Medicine Team
University Hospitals board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic sports medicine specialists provide a wide range of services for overuse injuries, including more complex issues. Our team understands all aspects of sports injuries and how they affect the entire musculoskeletal system, including short and long-term athletic performance.
For overuse injuries, our team offers a full range of non-surgical treatments to treat both your immediate pain, but also provide a long-term solution for recovery. Non-surgical treatments may include medications, steroid injections and physical therapy or rehabilitation services to relieve pain, restore function and increase range of motion.
If necessary, our team provides minimally invasive surgical procedures such as Tenex, an advanced procedure using an ultrasound-guided technique for the relief of conditions such as tendonitis. Because we have your total athletic health in mind, our team also helps athletes understand how to avoid overuse injuries, including performance enhancement training. Our goal is your goal – to keep you active and healthy.
Full Range of Overuse Injury Care across all Sports
Our team provides assistance for all aspects of your performance, including athletic training, performance programs, sports nutrition, and injury prevention – to keep you safe and healthy while raising your game. We can help you not only recovery from a specific overuse injury, but also improve your skill across any sport, including:
- Martial arts
- Performance arts