Overuse/Chronic Injuries

Overuse injuries occur from repeated micro-trauma to bones, tendons and joints over a period of time. Overuse injuries are the most common types of injuries in sports and other physical activities and are often the most challenging to diagnose and treat. It is important to note that there are overuse injuries specific to both children and adults. In children, overuse injuries typically involve the growth plates, known as apophysitis, or inflammation of the growth plate. In adults, overuse injuries typically involve tendons, known as tendinitis or tendinopathy. Having a specialist that can properly diagnose and treat each type is vital.

Causes of overuse injuries can range from being under-conditioned, having lack of technique, doing too much too soon, as well as biomechanical issues. Common overuse injuries in children include spondylolysis, and calcaneal, tibial tuberosity, and proximal humerus apophysitis. Common overuse injuries in adults include tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis), golfers elbow (medial epicondylitis), rotator cuff tendonitis, and shoulder impingement.

Overuse/Chronic Injuries