Trauma Injury vs Overuse Injury
Trauma versus Overuse? ( Originally published 2008)
There are two types of injuries, trauma and overuse. Our sports medical model is based in the trauma model. The trauma model works great if you sustained a sports injury from a collision etc.. It doesn’t work as well for gradual onset injuries like tendonitis.
The problem is if the mechanisms have nothing in common, chances are the treatments are not going to be similar either. Trauma treatment revolves around the RICE concept. ( rest, ice, compression, elevation) or possibly surgery. The overuse model involves much more. If your problem took time to develop, it will probably not be solved with a conventional approach. Rest and ice will only cure your tendonitis until you start working out again.
Just remember, cleaning up the puddle is not the same as fixing the leak. If you have water on the floor, you’d better look on the roof. The solution is not on the floor.
We posted three articles about Sports Hernias that illustrate just this concept at www.strengthcoach.com.