Whenever the same movement is repeated over and over again, a condition can occur know as a Cumulative Trauma Disorder, or CTD. Here, trauma does not necessarily refer to getting hit, but to local tissue trauma caused by repeating the same motion.
There are two basic mechanisms of this type of injury:
. A person who does the same movement very rapidly with little weight and but also little rest. An example of this is an office worker or distance runner.
. A person who does the same movement many times with higher weight, but longer rest, such as a manufacturing employee or football player.
Left untreated, the muscles suffering from CTD can put excess stress on the surrounding joints. This ultimately changes the way they move, which can lead to more serious conditions, including osteoarthritis. In addition, it is important to remember that nerves are traveling from the spine to every part of the body. Muscles suffering from CTD put pressure on these nerves resulting in extremity numbness and tingling.
How do you know if you are suffering from CTD? Symptoms include:
. Numbness, tingling, or burning
. Muscle atrophy/weakening
. Localized pain
Common conditions treated with A.R.T. include:
. Golfers Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)
. Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
. Carpal Tunnel
. Frozen Shoulder/Adhesive Capsulitis
. Strained Muscles
. Sprained Ligaments