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Overuse Injuries

There are two types of injury categories:

1. Traumatic injuries

2. Cumulative traumatic injuries.


Traumatic injuries are often times very straightforward. As an example, an ankle or knee sprain. In those cases, there is overload to the specific anatomical structures and an injury follows. We see quite a bit of traumatic injuries but we see a lot more problems that are cumulative traumatic in nature. That is, there isn’t a defining single mechanism of injury. Examples would be tendonitis from overuse, runners knee or iliotibial band syndrome from abruptly changing mileage or shoulder pain from too much over head pressing too soon. Even headaches and neck pain from spending too much time at a computer are considered repetitive strain problems. The overuse and cumulative traumatic issues often require more investigation in terms of functional impairments to determine why the problem is happening in the first place. I once heard a gross but accurate analogy in a sports medicine podcast:

"It’s not where the rats are chewing that is the problem, it’s where the rats are getting in that's the problem".- Dr. Kelly Starrett

The providers here at use I comprehensive diagnostic and treatment approach to help get to the root of the issue.


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