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What Is the Most Common Injury in Sports

Oct 12, 2016

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.

Category: Physical Fitness

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