The most common type of sports injury is a repetitive overuse injury that continues to cause recurrent pain upon activity. It usually involves a specific region of dull pain that occurs during or after an activity. You can typically find a “point of tenderness” in that specific region of pain.
The first step is to identify the source of the pain with a physician trained in physical manual medicine to explain what is causing the “point of tenderness”. A comprehensive manual palpatory physical exam is essential to differentiate the cause of the point of tenderness. The “point of tenderness” typically could be a muscle spasm, muscle adhesion, tendonitis, tendon avulsion, joint pain, bone bruise, bone stress fracture, ganglion cyst or even in rare cases a tumor.
Each of these requires a different specific treatment approach to manage and to help heal the injury. ALERT! Taking over the counter NSAIDS like Motrin, Aleve, Ibuprofe, etc. is NOT a treatment for overuse injuires, it only hides the problem and just keeps the pain recurring in the future. It may also interfere with the natural healing response of the body.