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What are the effects of over exertion on the joints?

Dr. Grant Cooper, MD
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Specialist

Overexertion can cause repetitive trauma to the cartilage. In overexertion, the surrounding muscles become fatigued, and the joints are forced to face increased loads. Joints are designed to accommodate temporary increases in load but-despite their elegant design, they do have limits. Lifting too much weight while squatting, jumping onto a very hard surface, or other sudden increases in load on a joint can lead to cartilage injury. As with other injuries, once the cartilage is damaged, it is more likely to suffer subsequent damage.

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Overexertion is a big deal. You can cause overexertion just from lifting a box or moving a piece of furniture. When you bend over, your spine has a natural curvature to it and when we bend forward it kind of distorts that curvature. In between the vertebrae are discs and it doesn’t take much—especially as you get older—for a disc to move out of place and cause pain and sometimes numbness going down the leg. Anytime anything is heavy, especially if anything weights more than 40 pounds, you should always ask for help or use a lifting-assist device, and remember to use your legs if you want to lift something.

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