Overuse injuries result from repetitively putting stress on the same area of the body. With the demanding training involved in many sports, this type of injury is particularly common among athletes.
In this article, we’ll explore the sports overuse injuries that we see frequently at our Tampa clinic.
Tendinitis develops when a tendon (cord-like tissue that attaches muscle to bone) becomes inflamed, causing pain, difficulty moving, stiffness, and a grating or crackling sensation with movement. Achilles tendinitis is particularly common among athletes and affects the Achilles tendon, which extends down the back of the lower leg.
Runner’s knee (also known as patellofemoral pain syndrome) causes dull pain around the patella, which is located at the front of the knee. It’s the point at which the knee connects to the lower part of the thigh-bone. As the name suggests, a runner’s knee is particularly common in runners because they repeatedly stress the knee joint. An abnormal gait or structural defect can increase your risk of this overuse injury.
Shin splints result from repetitive strain on the shinbone and lower leg muscles. This causes inflammation and pain along the front of the shin-bone and inner lower leg. The pain may feel sharp or dull and achy but typically worsens after physical activity. Shin splints are prevalent among runners, dancers, and athletes in high-impact sports.
Plantar fasciitis occurs when the plantar fascia at the arch of the foot becomes inflamed and irritated. The plantar fascia is a band of tissue that links the heel bone to the base of the toes. With plantar fasciitis, patients tend to experience pain and stiffness at the bottom of the heel. These symptoms tend to be the worst in the morning, after physical activity, and after standing or sitting for prolonged periods.
At Florida Wellness Medical Group, we offer a variety of therapies for sports injuries, including physical therapy, chiropractic care, massage therapy, acupuncture, and more. Reach out to us today to schedule an appointment!