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Overuse Injuries Overview

Another name for Overuse Injuries is Overuse and Stress Injuries.

What are overuse and stress injuries?
A person with overuse or stress injuries has injuries caused by strenuous or repetitive activity. Overuse and stress injuries occur most commonly in those who have occupations that require repetitive motion.

What are the symptoms of overuse and stress injuries?
Symptoms of overuse and stress injuries depend on the location of the injury. Symptoms may include whist pain, elbow pain, shoulder pain, hip pain, knee pain, ankle pain, or foot pain. Additional symptoms may include joint pains, joint redness, joint swelling, joint tenderness, muscle aches, muscle tenderness, neck pain, or low back pain.

How does the doctor treat overuse and stress injuries?
Treatment for overuse and stress injuries includes rest and avoidance of the activities that triggered the injury. Other measures may include crutches, cold compresses, elevation, elastic wrap, corticosteroids, stretching exercises, physical therapy, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain.

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Last Updated: Aug 20, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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