SEE YOUR PHYSICAL THERAPIST TO NIP POTENTIAL INJURIES IN THE BUD
You probably already know to make an appointment with a physical therapist when you sprain your ankle or develop tennis elbow. But, what if you’ve felt a slight twinge in your knee during your daily walk, or noticed that your posture has changed since you accepted a job that requires sitting for eight hours a day? Or maybe you’ve been thinking about joining a gym to get in shape. Are these reasons to see a physical therapist? Yes! Each of these scenarios has the potential for injury. Physical therapists are experts in injury prevention and are trained to spot small problems before they become big problems—and often before you know that there’s a problem at all. Physical therapists evaluate, screen and assess patients using a variety of tools to detect mobility limitations and muscle imbalances that, if left untreated, may leave you prone to serious injuries down the road. When caught early, injuries—or the very beginning signs of an injury—are easier to treat and the recovery period is shorter, less expensive and less of a burden on everyday life. Knowing what to look out for—and when to see a healthcare professional—is often not as obvious as it sounds. Some signs and symptoms aren’t recognized as indicators of an injury while others may be brushed off as nothing serious.
nip one in the bud before it becomes more serious. Based on background, training and experience, PTs understand how a patient’s risk for specific types of injuries can increase based on participation in certain sports and recreational activities, as well as identify physical strains due to on-the-job and household demands. An individualized exercise program designed to strengthen your muscles, improve flexibility, and optimize your physical ability, can help correct and prevent issues that could turn into injuries in the future. Your PT can design an injury prevention exercise program to suit your specific needs and ensure your healthy participation in sports, recreational activities and everyday life. Have FUN: Word Search!
Here are a few things to look out for: • Joint pain • Tenderness • Swelling • Reduced range of motion • Weakness • Numbness or tingling • Balance issues
If you’re experiencing any of these signs or symptoms, schedule an appointment with a physical therapist to rule out a potential problem or to
Healthy Recipe: ROQUEFORT PEAR SALAD
INGREDIENTS • 1 head leaf lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces • 3 pears • 5 ounces Roquefort cheese • 1 avocado • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions • 1/4 cup white sugar
• 1/2 cup pecans • 1/3 cup olive oil
• 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar • 1 1/2 teaspoons white sugar • 1 1/2 teaspoons prepared mustard • 1 clove garlic, chopped • 1/2 teaspoon salt • Fresh ground black pepper to taste
DIRECTIONS In a skillet over medium heat, stir 1/4 cup of sugar together with the pecans. Continue stirring gently until sugar has melted and caramelized the pecans. Carefully transfer nuts onto waxed paper. Allow to cool, and break into pieces. For the dressing, blend oil, vinegar, 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar, mustard, chopped garlic, salt, and pepper. In a large serving bowl, layer lettuce, pears, blue cheese, avocado, and green onions. Pour dressing over salad, sprinkle with pecans, and serve.
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