Sports Medicine

August 3, 2017

How to Prevent Overuse Injuries


Lots of overuse injuries are preventable when you follow these best practices.

Tens of thousands of Americans suffer overuse injuries each year. In fact, as many as 70 percent of runners develop such injuries, including knee pain and lower back pain. The good news is that most of these injuries can be prevented by taking a few simple precautions.

What Are Overuse Injuries?
Overuse injuries are the result of stress to your joints, muscles and other tissues without giving them an opportunity to recover. Common overuse injuries include tennis elbow, rotator cuff injuries, bursitis and other injuries that could require lower back pain treatment in Arkansas.

Preventing Overuse Injuries
Preventing painful overuse injuries isn’t complicated. It’s simply a matter of being careful not to overwork one particular part of your body.

Here are a few tips for preventing overuse injuries:

1. Make sure to warm up before exercising.
Tight muscles and tendons are much more prone to injury than muscles that have been stretched and warmed up. Even if you are just doing a little exercise or work, it’s important to set aside time for this.

2. Don’t do too much too soon.
While it’s tempting to start a new exercise routine by doing as many reps and different exercises as possible, a better (and healthier) way is to start slowly and gradually increase the amount of time you spend working out.

3. Vary your exercise routine.
It’s not just too long of a workout that can cause injuries. Repeating the same exercises day after day, week after week, can also cause the areas you are working to be stressed. It’s best to have a different workout routine for each day of the week.

4. Use the right equipment
Using the wrong exercise or work equipment can cause overuse injuries, since improvising can lead to stressing or overextending muscles. Poorly fitting shoes can also lead to injuries.

5. Don’t exercise through the pain.
Despite what you see in the movies, there’s nothing heroic about doing so. Pain is the body’s way of telling you something is wrong.

To learn more about lower back pain treatment in Arkansas and preventing and treating overuse injuries, especially lower back injuries, contact Arkansas Surgical Hospital at (877) 918-7020. Our physician-owned hospital enhances our patients’ quality of life through safe, high-quality, high-value care.

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