Oakland PT. Avoiding Surgery for Sports Injuries

NEWSLETTER Frank Kava DPT • Kristie Kava DScPT

Avoiding Surgery after a Sports Injury



Avoiding Surgery after a Sports Injury


Exercise isan importantpartofahealthy lifestyle. Formany 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. Youdon’thave tobeaprofessionalorevenanamateurathlete to suffer a sports injury. In fact, many times, those most susceptible tosports injuriesarepeoplewhohave juststarted exercising or participate on a recreational level. Sports injuries in this article will be defined as injuries to the musculoskeletalsystem, includingmuscles,bonesandtissues suchascartilage.Themostcommonsports 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 mostvulnerable tosprains. However,back,neckandshoulder sprains are very common too. STRAINS: Astrainoccurswhenamuscleor tendon ispulled, torn or twisted. Strains are non-contact injuries, such as those that occur from overstretching. A common example ofastrain isamusclespasm. Abackorneckstrain isavery common injury treated in physical therapy. KNEE INJURIES: According to theU.S.DepartmentofHealth andHumanServices, theknee is themostcommonly injured

joint. Orthopedicsurgeonsseemore than5.5millionpeople annually for knee injuries, which can include runner’s knee (pain or tenderness close to the knee cap at the front side of theknee), tendonitisand iliotibialbandsyndrome (painon the outer side of the knee). Severe knee injuries often include bone bruises or damage to the cartilage or ligaments. SHINSPLINTS: Shinsplintsoccurwhen there isapainalong the largebone in the frontof the lower leg,knownas the tibia or shin bone. Shin splints most commonly occur in runners, especially thosewhoare juststartingarunningprogram. This is usually due to poor alignment of the body, or weakness in the leg muscles. The team at Oakland Physical Therapy can treat many orthopedicand repetitivemotion injurieswithout theneed for invasivesurgeriesormedications. In fact,mostdoctorshave theirpatients tryphysical therapyfirstbefore recommending any other procedures. The licensed physical therapists and physical therapist assistants at Oakland Physical Therapy can customize a program that addresses the weakness of your particular musculoskeletalsystem,allowingyou to recoverquicklyand remainactive. Even ifyouhaveanold 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 improvedfunction,wellnessandminimize theriskofre-injury.

• Avoiding Surgery After A Sports Injury

• Don’t Let Pain Sideline You!

• Patient Success Spotlight • Complimentary Workshops

• Healthy Recipe

• Exercise Essentials


Don’t Let Pain Sideline You!

sprint no problem, take a flying leap and do a whole lot without the slightest thought about it. As you get older, your tissues become less elastic and in fact a little “drier.” When your muscle, tendon and ligament tissues have enough water, they are supple and stretchy, allowing you to do a lot of activities. Keep yourself hydrated and stretch often to maintain elasticity in your muscles. Before and after Knowing the right exercises to prepare for fitness activities is key. Our physical therapy experts have years of experience rehabilitating people after injuries and returning them pain-free to the activities they enjoy. What some people might not know is that physical therapists put specific exercise plans together based on your needs to prevent injury. If you do start to experience pain with activities, Oakland PhysicalTherapy can get you back to enjoying your activities pain-free. Call today to learn more how our programs can help you feel great! Preparing your body… It is important todosportsactivities,fitnessandahostofotherphysicalactivities to keep you healthy and happy. With a little bit of preparation, you can easily do these activities and decrease your risk for injury.

There isnothingmoreexciting than takingonanewchallenge,sportoractivity.For mostofus, the thrillofaccomplishingaphysicalgoal iswhatwe live for.However, areyouprepared for it?The term “weekendwarrior”meansapersonwhodoesn’t really train for what they are doing; they just go out and do it on the weekend. How do most injuries occur? Most sports injuries occur from ill-prepared individuals who just jump into the activity without first increasing their strength, endurance and flexibility. Your muscles, tendons, ligaments and other tissues need to be warmed up to work properly.Theytakeenormousstrainduringrunningandsportsactivities.Therefore, if they are not in top condition, they are more prone to injury. Injuries increase as you age… If you think back to when you were in your late teens, you could go into a full

• Do stretch often • Do strength training

• Do coordination training • Do endurance training

If you’re suffering from neck pain, headaches, or other pain, call 248.380.3550 and schedule your appointment with Oakland Physical Therapy!

Healthy Recipe Spiced Pear Tea

INGREDIENTS • 1 orange • 3 cups water • 2 (11.3 to 12 oz) cans pear nectar

• 1 tsp whole cloves • 6 tea bags • Small orange slices, halved (optional) • Stick cinnamon (optional)

• 1 tbsp honey (optional) • 4 inches stick cinnamon

INSTRUCTIONS Using a vegetable peeler, remove three wide strips of peel from the orange; set peel aside. Juice the orange into a large saucepan. Add the water, pear nectar and honey (if using) to orange juice in saucepan. For spice bag: Place the 4 inches of stick cinnamon, the cloves and the orange peel strips in the center of a 6-inch square of double-thickness, 100%-cotton cheesecloth. Bring corners together and tie with 100%-cotton kitchen string. Add spice bag to pear nectar mixture.Bringmixture toboiling; reduceheat.Coverandsimmer for10minutes. Remove from heat. Add tea bags; cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags and spice bag; discard. Serve in warm mugs. If desired, float orange slices on top of individual servings and serve with additional stick cinnamon.

If you, or a loved one, has pain, join us in a complimentary informative workshop on common causes, treatments, and prevention of your pain. ROTATOR CUFF & SHOULDER PAIN Tuesday, March 26, at 6:00 pm COMPLIMENTARY WORKSHOPS

Patient Success Spotlight

“I am 100% pleased and grateful!”

“My experience here has been wonderful. Chelsea and the entire staff have been friendly, helpful and extremely competent and professional. My cervical and thoracic issues have been resolved, and my posture and overall strength have greatly improved. I am 100% pleased and grateful for the help I have received. Thank you, all of you!”- R.O.

Read more success stories like these by visiting www.oaklandphysicaltherapy.com

Exercise Essentials

LOW BACK PAIN Tuesday, April 16, at 6:00 pm Call (248) 380-3550 or email us at: mail@oaklandphysicaltherapy.com


26850 Providence Parkway Suite 365 Novi, MI 48374 Frank Kava DPT and Kristie Kava DScPT

Ankle Pumps Find a comfortable position with your foot on a stool or raised surface.Pumpankleupanddown.Repeat6-10 timeswithboth feet.


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