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The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body “ I Fear Possible Surgery If I Encounter Another Sports Injury.” Discussing Ways To Avoid An Injury and Surgery

Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. For many people, playing sports is a fun way to burn extra calories, socialize, and get fit. Unfortunately, this also means the occasional sports injury or a flare up of an old injury or condition. You don’t have to be a professional or even an amateur athlete to suffer a sports injury. In fact, many times, those most susceptible to sports injuries are people who have just started exercising or participate on a recreational level.

Avoid An Injury and Surgery

Sports injuries in this article will be defined as injuries to the musculoskeletal system, including muscles, bones and tissues such as cartilage. The most common sports injuries include:

SPRAINS: A sprain occurs when the connective tissue that joins the end of the bone with another is stretched or torn. Those connective tissues are known as ligaments. Sprains are caused by trauma such as a fall or blow to the body that knocks a joint out of position. Ankles, knees and wrists are most vulnerable to sprains. However, back, neck and shoulder sprains are very common too. STRAINS: A strain occurs when a muscle or tendon is pulled, torn or twisted. Strains are non-contact injuries, such as those that occur from overstretching. A common example of a strain is a muscle spasm. A back or neck strain is a very common injury treated in Physical Therapy. KNEE INJURIES: According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the knee is the most commonly injured joint. Orthopedic surgeons see more than 5.5 million people annually for knee injuries, which can include runner’s knee (pain or tenderness close to the knee cap at the front side of the knee), tendonitis and iliotibial band syndrome (pain on the outer side of the knee). Severe knee injuries often include bone bruises or damage to the cartilage or ligaments. SHIN SPLINTS: Shin splints occur when there is a pain along the large bone in the front of the lower leg, known as the tibia or shin bone. Shin splints most commonly occur in runners, especially those who are just starting a running program. This is usually due to poor alignment of the body, or weakness in the leg muscles. The team at Elite Physical Therapy can treat many orthopedic and repetitive motion injuries without the need for invasive surgeries or medications. In fact, most doctors have their patients try Physical Therapy first before recommending any other procedures. The licensed Physical Therapists at Elite Physical Therapy can customize a program that addresses the weakness of your particular musculoskeletal system, allowing you to recover quickly and remain active. Even if you have an old injury, it is important to have it evaluated by our Physical Therapists to prevent long-term damage like arthritis. If you have sports or orthopedic injuries like tendonitis, arthritis, a stress fracture or low back pain, our therapists can design a treatment plan to promote improved function, wellness and minimize the risk of re-injury.

Patient Results

“Best life choice I made coming to Elite Physical Therapy.”

“Their dedication, compassion and outstanding Physical Therapy services will become evident to those who receive their services. They are locally owned and are committed to improving not only the health of patients but also the quality of life for those who live in the community.” • Dr. John Solomon • Dr. Libarid Kassabian • Dr. Sarah Forsythe • Dr. John Chece 594 Great Road • North Smithfield, RI 02896 401-768-3400 Is your office interested in being featured in our upcoming newsletter? Featured Doctor’s Office: No “I was in a car accident on 6/8/17. I was hit by drunk driver at a 40 mph impact. Among numerous injuries, I had significant hip pain where I wasn’t able to sit, stand, or lay down for more than 20 minutes at a time without pain. I had an MRI done and found out that I had torn my labrum in my right hip when my knee smashed into the dashboard of the car upon impact because the airbag on my side malfunctioned. I was then referred to a hip specialist who informed me that I had hip dysplasia on top of the tear. I was told that my only option was hip reconstruction surgery. I’ve been very active my entire life and never had hip pain and I played volleyball, track, football, cheerleading, and many other sports. I asked if Physical Therapy would help but he had little hope that I would make a difference because of the pre-existing hip issue. I came to Elite because I’ve heard nothing but good things! After 6 of the 8 weeks of Physical Therapy, I returned to my doctor without pain in my hip with full range of motion. He was so impressed that he changed his mind about surgery and cleared me to start training for the state police academy. Best life choice I made coming to Elite Physical Therapy. Staff was amazing and genuinely cared!” - S.P.

www.elitephysicaltherapy.com As always, our hours of operation are Monday through Thursday 7am-7pm, and Friday 7am-4pm. Appointments are available in 24-48 hours, and over 100 different health insurance plans are accepted. All of us at Elite Physical Therapy are excited to announce that our Cranston Street location has moved to our newest facility at Chapel View! Our Chapel View location has expanded our beautiful, modern facility for additional comfort, privacy, and front row parking. Our award-winning Elite Physical Therapists have advanced degrees and specialty training in orthopedics, painful spine conditions, surgical rehabilitation, and manual “hands on” treatment techniques. In 2017 we celebrated receiving the Readers’ Choice Award for “Best Physical Therapy in RI” by The Providence Journal, and finished the year with a 94% successful patient outcomes rate---ranking us in the top 10% in the country with successful patient outcomes. Cranston Street has moved to Chapel View

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Exercise Essentials Try these simple exercises to help you feel better! If you experience any pain or difficulty with these exercises, call an Elite Physical Therapist to help you.


While lying or sitting with a small towel rolled under your ankle, tighten your top thigh muscle to press the back of your knee downward towards the ground. Hold for 30 seconds. Alternate knees and repeat 10 times.


PRONE HIP EXTENSIONS While lying face down with your knee straight, slowly raise up leg off the ground. Hold for 30 seconds. Alternate legs and repeat 8 times.

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