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How fast can I make my overuse syndrome go away?

How fast can I make my overuse syndrome go away?

Depends: From a few days to weeks depending on where the overuse injury occurred, and how severe it is. Resting the part using a splint and taking anti inflammatory medications will help. Addressing the actual problem takes creative thinking to decrease the overuse. In severe cases that don't improve with rest, surgery or local injections may be needed for relief. ...Read more

Dr. William Singer
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Repetitive Strain Injury (Definition)

A condition that usually occurs when an activity that involves a repetitive motion inflicts more force than a part of the body can withstand. For example, tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis, occurs when the wrist and forearm are repetitively extended past the point of fatigue for the wrist extensor muscles. It creates pain due to inflammation but after six months pain ...Read more


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Do lots of people get overuse syndrome, or is it unusual?

Do lots of people get overuse syndrome, or is it unusual?

Common: Overuse syndrome is the commonest occupational disorder. Any person performing repetitive motion can have over use syndrome. Examples include, typist, meat packer, musician, etc. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: overuse syndrome?

Many different thing: Overuse injuries are injuries to bones, tendons, ligaments or muscles that are the results or over training, improper training or use of the wrong equipment. Examples are shin splints or stress fractures in runners, rotator tendonitis in swimmers or pitchers, patella tendonitis in basketball players. You need to train properly slowly increase your intensity and duration of training. ...Read more

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How come I have overuse syndrome, but nobody else in the family has it?

Not congenital: Overuse syndrome is not a condition which is inherited or familial. It is due to overworking a particular area or using a part of the body which is not strong enough or well conditioned enough to tolerate the tasks at hand. This can be addressed by reducing the workload and progressively strengthening the affected are to ultimately tolerate the demands being placed. ...Read more

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Friend on facebook just diagnosed with overuse syndrome. In my country we never heard that term. Is that something new?

Friend on facebook just diagnosed with overuse syndrome. In my country we never heard that term. Is that something new?

American lingo: This is not new, but receives more attention because it is occurring more frequently. An old term for overuse syndrome in one's elbow is "tennis elbow.". Or in one's knee "housemaid's knee." carpal tunnel syndrome is an overuse syndrome. ...Read more

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Do doctors see a lot of patients with overuse syndrome?

Do doctors see a lot of patients with overuse syndrome?

Lots: Overuse syndrome is becoming more & more common. We see patients with this problem every day. If you are having pain, weakness or numbness in your hands, arms, or other areas, make it a point to see your doctor. ...Read more

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All my adult life I have tried to stay fit and avoid having problems like my parents and aunts and uncles. What other steps can I take to avoid overuse syndrome?

All my adult life I have tried to stay fit and avoid having problems like my parents and aunts and uncles. What other steps can I take to avoid overuse syndrome?

Not good: Condition that occurs when injury causes generalized painful swelling and increased pressure within a compartment to the point that blood cannot supply the muscles and nerves with oxygen and nutrients. Muscles in the forearm, lower leg and other body areas are separated by fibrous bands of tissues into compartments. ...Read more

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Are carpal tunnel syndrome and repetitive strain injury the same?

Are carpal tunnel syndrome and repetitive strain injury the same?

No!: Carpal tunnel syndrome is a constellation of symptoms (pain, numbness, weakness) associated with compression of the median nerve at the level of the wrist. Repetitive strain injury is an inclusive diagnosis to describe injury to musculoskeletal tissues due to repeated motions over extended periods of time (e.g., assembly line work or excessive gaming). Rsi can lead to cts, but most cts is not rsi. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the symptoms of repetitive strain injury and carpal tunnel syndrome?

Can you tell me the symptoms of repetitive strain injury and carpal tunnel syndrome?

Over and over again: Repetative strain injury is caused by frequently repeated movements with the body in an abnormal position, the most common problem areas being the back, shoulders, wrists, and hands. These may involve heavy activity like sports or rapid activities like typing or video games. It may involve muscles tendons joints or nerve compressions (like carpal tunnel) se an occupational medicine clinic. ...Read more

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What would doctors recommend to help with repetitive strain injury?

What would doctors recommend to help with repetitive strain injury?

Short answer: 1) stop or significantly reduce/change the activity responsible. 2) surgery. Realize that surgery may cure it but if you continue the activity, the injury may recur. Everything else is a bandaid and may treat the injury but not "get rid of it.". ...Read more

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How common is repetitive strain injury while boxing?

How common is repetitive strain injury while boxing?

Common: Boxing injuries are common. Strain injuries such as rotator cuff tendinosis, posterior elbow impingement and tendinosis around the elbow are common injuries related to boxing. Concussion and chronic traumatic encephalopathy are much more series injuries related to boxing. ...Read more

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I suffer from repetitive strain injury, is it helpful using tablet pad because is softer?

I suffer from repetitive strain injury, is it helpful using tablet pad because is softer?

Cannot answer: Unfortunately, I do not have enough details about your complaints to give you a good answer. There are many types of so called repetitive strain syndromes which can occur all over the body. Perhaps if you can give more details about were your symptoms are, i could help more. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of repetitive strain injury?

How can I get rid of repetitive strain injury?

Repetitive strain: You won't like my answer, but to do that, you need to stop doing the repetitive causing action. Rest is the key. Try alternative activities. ...Read more

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I've got a repetitive strain injury in my wrist, what is the best option?

I've got a repetitive strain injury in my wrist, what is the best option?

Ice.: Ice your wrist. You may benefit from a wrist splint, for immobilization. You should see an orthopedic hand/wrist specialist, for evaluation. ...Read more

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What can I do for writers cramp / repetitive strain injury?

What can I do for writers cramp / repetitive strain injury?

See below: Riice - rest, ice from the activity, ibuprofen, compression with protective gear like ace wraps or temp splints, and elevation is alway a good idea for inflammatory processes and injuries. If severe, seek medical care. ...Read more

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Repetitive strain injury in index finger. How do I prevent this from happening?

Repetitive strain injury in index finger. How do I prevent this from happening?

Tape it: Tape the joint and finger but it will limit your movment. See an orthopedist for clarity in diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

Overuse Syndrome (Definition)

Overuse injuries are injuries to bones, tendons, ligaments or muscles that are the results or over training, improper training or use of the wrong equipment. Examples are shin splints or stress fractures in runners, rotator tendonitis in swimmers or pitchers, patella tendonitis in basketball players. You need to train properly slowly increase your intensity ...Read more