Did you know repetitive movements and overuse of your muscles can lead to muscle weakness among other types of injury?
The technical term for overuse of the muscles is microtrauma. Microtrauma injuries include strained and sprained ligaments, overstretched tendons and minor tears in muscle fibres.
If you’re an athlete performing a repetitive movement such as swinging a racket or running or constantly typing as part of your desk job, this may trigger muscle soreness, muscle pain or compromised muscle function such as muscle weakness, stiffness or tightness.
If you feel you have an overuse injury, read on to learn more about the causes, symptoms and treatment options available to you.
Overuse injuries that are left untreated may lead to other side effects such as muscle weakness.
At the site of the injury, your muscles will likely weaken. The stronger muscles in your body will naturally try to compensate for this injury which, after a period of time, can lead to the feeling of discomfort or pain in these stronger muscle groups. The neighbouring muscles tend to spasm and weaken to protect the injured area.
A muscle strain occurs when your muscles are overloaded and are releasing energy at high-speed. The most common high-speed muscle injuries take place in your back, calf, quadriceps and hamstrings – think about weight bearing gym activities.
You can also suffer fatigue-related muscle strains from maintaining a pose too long such as a mother carrying her child on a specific hip. These types of strains are often felt in the back, neck and shoulder and can be described as feeling stiff and restricted movement.
Strong, healthy muscles can dramatically improve your performance in your favourite sports but also have a positive impact on your overall health.
Muscle strength can help you to enjoy and sustain your daily routine activities whereas weak muscles undermine your ability to perform at your best as you’re feeling the symptoms of pain or discomfort.
If you’re an office worker, poor muscle conditions can make everyday tasks such as sitting at your desk and walking up stairs painful and physically stressful.
Amongst the elderly, weak muscles can severely inhibit mobility compromising your quality of life and making even your daily activities taxing and exhausting.
Our team here at Southport Central Physiotherapy & Sport Injury Clinic can help alleviate muscle weakness and pain caused by overuse through physiotherapy techniques and exercises.
Physical therapy exercises are designed to reduce the stress from the weak or overworked muscles and joints by strengthening these muscle groups.
At the Southport Central Physiotherapy & Sport Injury Clinic, our experienced team provide thorough consultations which are focused around identifying the cause of your back pain and helping you progress through each stage of recovery.
Before seeing your physiotherapist, make a list of your symptoms even if may seem unrelated and when they began. Jot down your personal information, any recent life changes or major stresses together with your family medical history. You should also list all medications, vitamins and other supplements you are taking. Finally, bring a list of questions to ask your physiotherapist during your consultation.
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