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Sports and Overuse Injuries

There are basically two types of injuries: acute injuries and overuse injuries. Acute injuries are usually the result of a single, traumatic event. Common examples include wrist fractures, ankle sprains, shoulder dislocations, and hamstring muscle strain.

Overuse injuries are more common in sports, but can also result from occupational and habitual activities. Overuse injuries are subtle and usually occur over time, making them challenging to diagnose and treat. They are the result of repetitive micro-trauma to the tendons, bones, and joints. Common examples include tennis elbow, swimmer’s shoulder, pitching elbow in children, runner’s knee, jumper’s knee, Achilles tendinitis, and shin splints.

The following links from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and selected topics from the Hand and Wrist Sections, developed in partnership with the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, will take you to descriptions of some of the conditions and treatments we specialize in at San Francisco Shoulder, Elbow & Hand Clinic and what you can expect during the process.

Shoulder Injuries


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Elbow Injuries

 Hand & Wrist Injuries

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Helpful Links for Adults, Parents, and Children

Upper Extremity Flexibility & Strength Exercises


  1. De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis Rehab Exercises
  2. Finger Fracture Excercises
  3. Ulnar Collateral Ligament Sprain (Skier’s thumb) Rehab Exer
  4. Ulnar Neuropathy Rehab Exercises 2
  5. Wrist Tendonitis Rehab Exercises


  1. Lateral Epicondylitis Rehab Exercises
  2. Medial Epicondylitis Exercises
  3. Ulnar Collateral Ligament (Elbow) Rehab Exercises


  1. Frozen Shoulder Rehab Exercises
  2. Multidirectional Shoulder Instability Rehab Exercises
  3. Rotator Cuff Strain Rehab Exercises
  4. Shoulder Subluxation Rehab Exercises
  5. Sternoclavicular Joint Separation Exercises