What can be done once overuse syndrome is diagnosed?

Conservative treatment is more effective the earlier it is started after the onset of symptoms. Your occupational therapist may place the affected area in a splint. The splint will help to rest the painful area, promote healing, and allow non-affected joints to still function.

Other conservative measures may be recommended, such as:

  • Injection (by physician).
  • Contrast baths (alternate hot and cold bath)/icing.
  • Gentle exercise.
  • Modification of activities.

What if conservative measures do not work and I need surgery?

If surgery is needed, your occupational therapist will assist you on your road to recovery. You will be taught when and how to perform range of motion exercises, edema (swelling) control, and scar management.

When you are ready, you will be given strengthening exercises to improve functional use of the affected area.

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


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