Athletes and sportspeople of all types enjoy pushing their bodies to the limit and beyond. There’s nothing quite like that feeling of finally achieving a personal best or busting past a barrier that’s held you in place for too long. This is the kind of high that sports people live for.
Unfortunately, this kind of physical demand has a high price, sometimes causing what’s known as chronic overuse syndrome. Let’s take a look at what this is, how it could apply to you, and how you can find specialised solutions with sports compounding.
What is overuse syndrome?
Overuse syndrome is another way to describe a repetitive motion disorder. It means that you’ve been using a certain part of your body over and over in a certain way, causing stress, discomfort, and eventually damage. Add chronic to that description and it means that the issue is ongoing over a long period.
Overuse syndrome can occur in any part of your body but is particularly common in the arms and hands of people with repetitive jobs. It’s also becoming more common amongst athletes, who repeatedly overwork a certain part of their body as part of their sports or workouts.
In the early stages of this condition, you’ll probably only experience fatigue in the affected body part. However, as it progresses, it causes symptoms like:
- Loss of use of the affected body part
Over time, these symptoms will get worse and can affect the:
If this condition isn’t corrected, it can lead to a microtrauma or tears in the soft tissue. And over time, the accumulated trauma and damage can lead to chronic pain and even loss of use.
Overuse syndrome and other conditions
There’s no clear link between overuse syndrome and other conditions such as arthritis. However, this syndrome can lead to other serious conditions like:
- Muscle or tendon strains
- Capsulitis or inflammation in the ligaments
- De Quervain’s tenosynovitis or irritation in the tendons of the wrist and thumb
- Stenosing tenosynovitis or swollen flexor tendons
Obviously, you want to avoid these kinds of injuries. That’s why you need to rely on your doctor’s guidance and on sports compounding.
Overuse syndrome and sports compounding
If you believe that you have overuse syndrome, then it’s important that you see your doctor. They will do a full history and a physical exam to test for damage or pain. They may also send you for tests such as:
- X-rays to rule out other conditions
- An electrical neurophysiological diagnostic test, which looks for affected nerves
- MRI to look at your tendons and ligaments
Once you’ve been diagnosed with overuse syndrome, your doctor may recommend lifestyle changes such as:
- Using heat or cold
- Gentle exercise
- Changing your activities to avoid movements that cause problems
- Splinting the affected area
You will also probably need to relieve your discomfort with medication, and this is where sports compounding can help.
What is sports compounding?
Sports compounding means that your pharmacist can give you medicines or medications that are precisely tailored to your needs. Usually, when you get a medication, it’s only available in pre-decided doses and forms. This means you could be getting medication that’s:
- Not the right dose
- Contains fillers or ingredients that cause a reaction in you
- Isn’t in the right form for your needs
- Not the right medication for you because it isn’t available
These issues can all slow your recovery from overuse syndrome and could even leave you in more pain for longer! However, when you go to a compounding pharmacy, they’ll work with your doctor to compound a medication mix that’s right for your needs and preferences. For overuse syndrome, this usually means your pharmacist can turn your pain medication into a topical solution that will get you feeling better faster.
At Kiara Pharmacy, we know that you want to get back on the court, the track, or the field. That’s why we provide expert sports compounding services, so that you get the relief you need from overuse syndrome and can get back to doing what you love again.
Sports compounding and overuse syndrome: the takeaway
Sports compounding can help you get the medication you need, in the right dose, and in a form that will help you recover from overuse syndrome faster. Don’t settle for second best. Talk to your doctor about compounding medications to treat overuse syndrome today.
If you’d like to know more, then have a chat with your friendly local pharmacy team, who can help you decide if sports compounding is right for your condition.