Kerrville: How To Avoid Common Active Injuries

Health & Wellness

February, 2019

NEWSLETTER

“Push Yourself Without Any Limitations!” STAY ACTIVE & AVOID INJURY

Whether you just like to play weekend sports, walk for exercise or are an avid athlete, injuries can happen from time to time. Most injuries are from overusing muscles, tendons and ligaments, which may feel like soreness, especially the next day. At the microscopic level, when muscles, tendons and ligaments are over-stretched, little tears form in the tissues. Your body normally heals quickly from this. However, the severity of the injury determines the extent of time needed to recover. Sprains and Strains. Sprains are over- stretching injuries to the tendons and ligaments while strains are over-stretching injuries to themuscles. These can range from mild to severe. Realize, that for even mild sprains, the body can take about 6 weeks to heal the soft tissue. That means adequate rest and rehabilitation is needed to fully recover from this type of injury. Severe sprains and strains may at times require braces and even surgical repair. The recovery from this can

be longer, 8 weeks or more and it is wise to have proper physical therapy rehabilitation to recover. Even old sprains and strains can stay around to haunt you if they have not been properly rehabilitated. Tendonitis. Tendonitis is an inflammation of the tendons from overuse. This can be for a variety of reasons, but typically, that body part is taking the strain due to poor movement of other areas. For example, tendonitis in the shoulder or elbow is typically frompoor posture of the neck and upper back. This causes an altered movement in the shoulder and arm, increasing strain on the tendons. Physical therapy helps by relieving the inflammation and pain while restoring normal motion and posture. If you suffer from aches, pains or would just like to move better than you use to, call us today to learn more about our different programs and how we can help you be active and pain-free!

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