Spring Soreness or Injury? How to Know the Difference


Dr. Shawn Wynn, ORA Orthopedics
Dr. Shawn Wynn, ORA Orthopedics

As the weather warms up, Quad Citians emerge from winter hibernation ready to tackle yards, gardens, or gear up for outdoor sports. But winter inactivity can mean muscle soreness or injury if we over do it.

ORA Orthopedics Sports Medicine Physician, Dr. Shawn Wynn, says he sees patients this time of year suffering from such conditions as tendonitis, bursitis or other overuse injuries, particularly in knees and shoulders.

Dr. Wynn offers the following advice on how to tell the difference between soreness and injury.

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Dr. Wynn advises that applying the “RICE” method of treatment can also help. RICE is an acronym that stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Taking care of soreness immediately can help reduce swelling and pain and get you back to the activities you enjoy most.