Athletes and Overuse Injuries

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about sports related overuse injuries.

What are the treatment options for overuse sports injuries?

Dr. Jeffrey James discusses treatment options for overuse injuries. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

Dr. James Answers: What are the treatment options for overuse sports injuries?

Most overuse injury treatments consist of a period of rest followed by some therapy or home rehab exercises. Along with this, sometimes depending on the injury, you may require a period of immobilization in a cast or a brace or something like that in order to allow the overuse injury to heal.

  

Most overuse injury treatments consist of a period of rest followed by some therapy or home rehab exercises. Sometimes the cure is straight rest from the activity for a period of time, along with therapy or flexibility exercises to maintain good muscle strength and flexibility. Along with this, depending on the injury, you may require a period of immobilization in a cast or a brace to allow the injury to heal.

Athletic trainer Justin Perkins discusses treatment options for overuse injuries. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

Athletic Trainer, Justin Perkins Answers: What are the treatment options for overuse sports injuries?

Treatment options for overuse injuries vary based on a case by case injury. A lot of times, we decrease activity, in order to help decrease the athlete's pain. With a decrease in activity, we encourage some anti-inflammatories, over the counter anti-inflammatories. We also encourage a lot of cold therapy, whether that be ice bags to the area, cold whirlpools, or we also can use what we call a BioCryo machine. BioCryo is icing and cold compress at the same time. Helps with any sort of swelling, or any sort of achiness that the athlete has in that area.

After that, we tend to slowly increase activities. When we increase activities, we might offer some minor rehab for the area, in terms of exercises, stretching, things of that nature. Once we build on our increase in activity, then we'll slowly integrate more of return to play type stuff, more sport specific exercises that they would do.

   

Treatment options vary depending on the injury. Often we decrease activity, in order to decrease the athlete's pain. With a decrease in activity, we encourage the use of over the counter anti-inflammatories. We also encourage a lot of cold therapy, such as ice bags to the area, cold whirlpools, or using a BioCryo machine. BioCryo is icing and cold compress at the same time. It helps with any sort of swelling, or any sort of achiness that the athlete has in that area.

After that, we tend to slowly increase activities. When we increase activities, we might offer some minor rehab for the area, in terms of exercises and stretches. Once we build on the increase in activity, then we'll slowly integrate more sport-specific exercises that the athlete can do.

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Source: Jeffrey James, DO, Jon Sulentic, DO, Premier Orthopedics; Justin Perkins, Premier Health athletic trainer; American Medical Society for Sports Medicine; National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases