REPETITiVE STRAIN INJURIES

Osteopathy can help repetitive strain injury

Pain caused by repetitive strain injuries can be extremely debilitating and can prevent us working or enjoying our sports and hobbies.  People often seek medical help for these injuries and are sometimes given painkillers and anti-inflammatories.  Unfortunately, this often only masks the symptoms when they are being taken and the pain soon returns when they are stopped.  This is because the cause of the problem is still there and only the symptoms were being treated.  So what are repetitive strain injuries and what can be done about them?  As the name suggests, repetitive strains are often caused by repeated actions causing too much stress and strain on a particular area.  This strain causes the muscles to tighten and shorten which can extremely painful in its own right but can also cause further pain at the point where the muscles attach to the bone (enthesis).  When this happens it can lead to conditions such as tennis and golfers elbow which can severely affect our ability to work.

 

So osteopathic treatment and rehab aimed at the cause of the pain (the affected muscle group) and not just the symptom is a very effective way to reduce pain and improve the function of the area involved.  As osteopaths we aim our treatment at relaxing the muscles by soft tissue techniques, increasing the mobility of the joint and also at improving the posture of the whole area involved.  We also talk to our patients about their work and hobbies and advise stretches and exercise which will limit the impact these daily activities have on the area and therefore decrease the pain.  We also devise long term plans to prevent reoccurrence of the condition.

 

Some common repetitive strains patients have sought osteopathic help for include:

Golfer's elbow

Tennis elbow

Rotator cuff injuries

Impingement of the rotator cuff muscles in the shoulder

Achilles tendinitis

Patellar tendinitis (jumpers knee)

IT band syndrome/Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (runners knee)

 

Sometimes the strain on the muscles can lead to their tendons becoming inflamed and enlarged and this can cause compression on surrounding nerves affecting their functions (nerve palsies).  This palsies can be very painful and frightening for the patient and can cause symptoms like numbness, pins and needles, hot/cold sensations and burning pains in the affected areas.

Common Nerve Palsies include:

Carpal tunnel syndrome

Thoracic outlet syndrome

There are lots of other less common nerve palsies caused by the nerve being trapped/inflamed by the muscles/tendons around them and if you have been diagnosed by the doctor that you have a trapped nerve please contact us for treatment and advice.

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Lordswood Osteopathic Clinic

The Lordswood Osteopathic Clinic was established and is run by Sue Jennings, BSc (Hons), Osteopath. The Lordswood Osteopathic Clinic is situated on the ground floor of Lordswood Leisure Centre, North Dane Way, Chatham, with plenty of free parking and disabled access.

The clinic is open during the daytime on Monday to Friday, evening appointments available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday evenings. Lordswood Osteopathic Clinic staff are all registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC).