Our elbow and forearm area of the upper extremities are prone to overuse injuries due to sports or occupational stress. Overuse injury in the elbow and forearm is quite common among golfers and baseball players as well. Overuse of the elbow and the forearm can be caused by repetitive elbow flexion-extension or wrist motion. Because of the intricate anatomy of the elbow and the forearm, there could be various causes for the injury. Though predominantly seen in sportspersons, the injury is also very common amongst people who indulge in throwing or arm stretching as a part of their profession such as assembly line workers or skilled labourers. Another way in which a person can begin to be effected by this type of overuse injury is the office worker, that types rapidly throughout the day.
Sudden affinity for recreational sports or over enthusiastic gym sessions can work against you, if you do not listen to your body. Over-stressing your ligaments, tendon, muscles and bones can lead to micro-trauma which will gradually develop into overuse injuries. Overuse injuries are treated with various procedures such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, medication and, in severe cases, surgery. These painful injuries can be easily avoided if you follow simple prevention measures and continue with your active lifestyle.
What is an overuse injury?
An overuse injury occurs when you stress your joints, muscles, bones, tendons or ligaments repeatedly without allowing it to heal. Overuse injury is more of an umbrella term for a range of injuries that occur due to overstressing such as oedema, tendinitis, nerve entrapment, tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow and more. They are caused by a repetitive action using a body part like rotator cuff injury developed by a baseball pitcher who constantly uses his throwing arm.