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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.



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