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PREVENTING AVOIDABLE INJURIES WITH PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

INSIDE: • Preventing Avoidable Injuries With Physical Activity • How Can I Prevent These Injuries? • Relieve Hip Pain In Minutes • Patient Success Spotlight

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PREVENTING AVOIDABLE INJURIES WITH PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

Dear Valued Client,

www.valleyrehabcenterbellaire.com Tendinitis is an overuse injury that causes the tendons to become inflamed. There are several reasons why tendinitis may occur, but whatever the case may be, we know that it has developed as a result of unnecessary amounts of strain. For example, some people may develop tendinitis in their shoulders or elbows because of improper posture. If the neck and back are not properly aligned, unnecessary stress is placed on other parts of the body. Movements in the shoulders and arms are altered as a way to compensate, causing increased strain on the tendons. Tendinitis can be corrected with physical therapy treatments, since PTs are trained in relieving pain, decreasing inflammation, and restoring you to your normal posture, motion, and function. Many people think “sprains” and “strains” are synonymous; however, they have one distinct difference. Sprains occur when a ligament is stretched beyond its limits or torn, while strains occur when a tendon is stretched beyond its limits or torn.Tendons are tissues that connect muscles to bones, and ligaments are tissues that connect bones to one another. Sprains and strains can both range from mild to severe, and even mild ones may take up to 6 weeks to heal. When they become more severe, braces or surgical correction may be necessary. This will require a longer recovery time, up to 8 weeks or longer, and physical therapy treatments will likely be prescribed. It is important to note that it is in your best interest to have a physical therapist make sure a sprain or strain is fully healed before returning to your normal level of physical activity, as it is common for old sprains and strains to develop again in the future if they have not been properly rehabilitated.

No matter what type of physical activity you partake in, it is possible for injuries to occur. Whether you enjoy taking walks at night, playing sports on the weekends, or training for athletic trials throughout the week, it is important to make sure you are always being as safe as possible.

THERESA PALKOVIC PT

Perhaps the most common injury that people endure from physical activity is an overall feeling of soreness, caused by overusing the muscles, tendons, and ligaments. When the muscles, tendons, or ligaments are over-stretched, the tissues experience minor damage in the form of microscopic tears.This typically occurs when completing an exercise that the body is not used to, or exercising for the first time after a prolonged period of rest.The soreness may linger for a few days but usually goes away on its own. However, the severity of the damage determines how long the body will need to recover. For more information on how you can prevent severe injuries, contact Valley Rehab Center today. What are some common injuries? At Valley Rehab Center, our licensed physical therapists can guide you through proper exercises, stretches, movements, and body control, in order to prevent future injuries from occurring. Many injuries occur due to improper techniques or overexerting your body. Some of the most commonly sustained injuries include sprains, strains, and tendinitis.

HOW CAN I PREVENT THESE INJURIES?

While it is always a wise decision to consult with a physical therapist, there are some tips you can implement into your personal life as well, in order to decrease your risk of sustaining an injury. These include: • Stretching. This is one of the most important ways to prevent injuries. Your tissues require water in order to be elastic, and stretching helps to bring water into the tissues. This increases muscle flexibility and prevents them from becoming stiff or tight, thus decreasing the chances of them over-stretching and/or tearing. • Hydrating and eating nutritious meals. Did you know that your body is over 70% water? Because of this, it requires water in order to remain supple and function properly. Without adequate water and nutrition, your body’s tissues are more prone to over-stretching and injury. Make sure you drink the recommended 8 glasses of water a day, and always keep a water bottle with you when you are working out. If needed, you can also replenish your electrolytes with sports drinks, such as Gatorade. • Staying within your abilities. It is important to train and practice for any physical activity you’d like to try. Start small in the beginning and build up from there. For example, if you aren’t used to running but you’d like to complete a 5k, don’t start off with 3-mile runs. Begin with a half mile and slowly build up. When you push your body past its current limits, you make yourself more prone to injuries because your body is not prepared for the physical demands being asked of it.

A physical therapist can help you understand the limits of your body and can create an exercise plan for you to reach your physical goals. • Using the proper equipment. When engaging in any type of physical activity, it is important to make sure you have the right equipment. For example, running shoes, hiking boots, helmets, and more can help you avoid injury and stay safe while doing the activities you enjoy. They can make all the difference when it comes to preventing injuries. What should I do now? If you are suffering from aches and pains, you think you may have sustained an injury, or you’d like to learn more about injury prevention, contact Valley Rehab Center today. One of our dedicated physical therapists would be happy to meet with you for a consultation and discuss how our different programs can help you remain active and pain-free!

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Healthy Recipe: VEGAN PUMPKIN PIE

INGREDIENTS • 1¼ cups pecan halves, toasted • 1¼ cups oat flour • ¼ tsp salt • ¼ cup coconut oil • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup • 1 (15 oz) can reduced-sodium

chickpeas • 1/3cup white sugar • 1 (15 oz) can pumpkin puree • 2 tbsp coconut oil • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

• ½ tsp ground ginger • ¼ tsp ground cloves • ¼ tsp salt

DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 350°F. Pulse pecans in a food processor. Add oat flour and ¼ teaspoon salt and pulse until combined. With the motor running, drizzle in ¼ cup coconut oil and maple syrup; blend until the mixture looks like crumbly dough. Transfer to a deep-dish pie pan and press evenly into the bottom and almost all the way up the sides. Bake the crust 12 to 14 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 325°F. Drain chickpeas, measuring ½ cup of the bean liquid (aquafaba) into a mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form, 3 to 5 minutes. Add sugar and continue beating on high about 1 minute more. Whisk pumpkin, coconut oil, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and salt in a large bowl. Gently fold in the whipped aquafaba. Pour the mixture into the crust. Bake the pie 35 to 45 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack for 1 hour, then refrigerate overnight.

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