How is overuse syndrome treated?
The easiest way to treat overuse syndrome is to stop the activities or motions that trigger your symptoms. Of course, this isn’t always possible since some of these activities are required for a specific job. If you aren’t able to completely cut out these activities, you should try to limit them as much as you can. The next step would be following conservative treatment recommended by your provider. These include:
- Injection (performed by a physician).
- Use of warm/cold modalities, such as contrast baths (alternating between a hot and cold bath).
- Gentle exercise.
- Using a splint (you can either create one yourself or buy one, depending on the area that’s affected).
- Making changes to activities that cause symptoms.
The earlier you begin any of these treatments, after you begin feeling symptoms, the more effective they’ll be. You may also be referred to occupational therapy or physical therapy, where you’ll receive specific recommendations on how to relieve your discomfort, and on how to reduce any future recurrence of these symptoms.
What if these conservative measures don't work?
If you’re still feeling pain after trying all of those preventative measures, surgery may become an option. You will likely have a physical or occupational therapist who can help you recover after the surgery. They’ll teach you some different range of motion exercises that will help you regain normal functionality in either your hand or arms.
When you’re ready, you can start performing strengthening exercises to further improve how your hand and/or arm functions.