Overuse Injury

Some of the most common causes of overuse injury syndromes of the upper extremity include repetitive movements, non-ergonomic tool use, ineffective posture and sports/exercise related injury. Overuse injuries involving the shoulder, elbow and wrist are amongst the most common conditions treated in the outpatient upper extremity rehabilitation setting.

Overuse Injury
Overuse Injury

Common overuse injuries include:

  • Swimmer’s Shoulder (Thrower’s Shoulder/ Impingement Syndrome)
  • Tennis elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
  • Golfer’s elbow ( Medial Epicondylitis)
  • Pitching Elbow
  • Hand and wrist tendonitis

OT intervention in this population may involve:

  • Protection of healing structures with splinting
  • Gentle reintroduction of stretching, range of motion, strengthening when advised by MD
  • Education on Joint Protection Principles/ Work Simplification/Ergonomic Principles
    Planning and Education on appropriate exercise routines to increase strength
  • Activity Modification

Common Conditions Treated by Occupational Therapy

  • Fractures
  • Tendon Injuries
  • Amputations - Forearm, Wrist, Fingers
  • Overuse Injury
  • Soft Tissue Trauma
  • Nerve Compression
  • Handwriting Conditions
  • Dupuytrens Contracture
  • Replantations
  • Arthritis
  • Hemiplegia
  • Diabetic Hand
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
Overuse Injury

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