What is overuse syndrome?

Overuse syndrome is another term for repetitive motion disorder. The syndrome affects those who use repeated motions in the course of their daily activities. The following focuses on occupational therapy for people who are affected with hand/upper extremity discomfort as a result of overuse.

How can I recognize early signs of overuse syndrome in hands and arms?

If you rely on your hands to do most of your work, you are more prone to overuse. Initially your arms may feel fatigued (very tired). If this fatigue is not resolved prior to your return to work the next day, or shortly thereafter, microtrauma may occur. Microtrauma is when small soft tissue tearing occurs from overuse. Eventually your muscles and tissues become more traumatized, resulting in pain and loss of use.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 05/25/2016.


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