Overuse syndrome is a common term in orthopedics. It is a condition that is seen often in sports and occurs when a certain part of the body (i.e. spine, knee, shoulder, etc.) is injured by repeated overuse. When this part of the body is overexerted, a strain can occur causing pain and muscle/joint weakness. When the body works extra hard, for long periods of time, without rest and the proper therapy, overuse syndrome will often begin to show symptoms. The immediate symptoms may seem small and easy to manage, but over time, the ongoing straining and exertion can lead to larger injuries. The RICE method is often effective in treating muscle and joint pain that is the result of overuse.