Overuse syndromes of the lower extremity

D. B. McKeag, C. Dolan

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Abstract

Overuse injuries of the lower extremity represent a frequent, significant problem. This article discusses management of the most common overuse disorders: anterior tibialis strain, medial tibial stress syndrome, compartment syndrome, stress fractures, and Achilles tendinitis. These injuries often are the culmination of a process (repetitive stress) rather than the result of a single event. Grading injuries on a scale of 1 to 4 according to severity can help determine the correct treatment. The primary treatment goal is to reduce inflammation through icing, rest, and appropriate use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents. For a safe return to pain-free activity, additional measures are required to correct biomechanical problems, educate the athlete on training techniques, and begin a gradual reconditioning program.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)108-123
Number of pages16
JournalPhysician and Sportsmedicine
Volume17
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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