FyzicalBradenton&Ellenton: Women's Health




INSIDE: • Physical Therapy & Women’s Health • Patient Success Spotlight • Seasonal Recipe • 5 Health Tips For the New Year

Whether you have pelvic pain or have been suffering for a long time, seeing a physical therapist at Fyzical Therapy & Balance Centers can help you return to a more active and pain-free life. Give us a call today at: Bradenton-Central Clinic: (941) 749-1734 Ellenton Clinic: (941) 721-1854 help ease friction from tissues running together; however, they can also become inflamed due to overuse and repeated activity, resulting in pain. Even activities such as standing too long to watch a holiday parade may result in achiness from irritated bursae in the side of hip or inside of the knee. The benefits of physical therapy are vast, and it has been proven that those who participate in physical therapy treatments typically heal much quicker than those who do not. At FYZICAL, we will create a personalized treatment plan for you, based on the specific needs of your condition. Keep the following in mind to avoid repetitive strain injuries • Break up your repetitive movement tasks. • Practicing correct lifting techniques (with your legs, not your back!) • Maintain proper posture throughout the day. • Listening to your body - take a break if you are painful and seek the help of your physical therapist if it persists. Our goal is to help our patients regain their peak levels of physical function, while simultaneously reducing their risk of future problems. If you have sustained a repetitive strain injury this holiday season, contact our office to schedule an appointment with one of our highly trained physical therapists. We will help you recover and get back to holiday festivities as quickly as possible!

Injuries to the muscle and skeletal system can typically be placed into two categories: acute injuries and repetitive strain injuries. Acute injuries are caused byasinglespecificstressful incident,whereas repetitivestrain injuriesarecaused by excessive repetitive movements over time. Repetitive strain injuries are very common. They are common especially this time of year, when your body is experiencing more physical activity with all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. For example, running around shopping for holiday gifts, standing in the kitchen for prolonged periods of time while cooking extravagant meals, and reaching up repetitively to hang up those decorations are all activities that can cause a repetitive strain injury. Some common examples of these injuries include: • Strains. Musclesor tendonscanbecomestraineddue tooveruseand repeated activity. This causes inflammation, which can result in pain. So, if you feel achy after walking miles around the mall buying holiday presents for your family, it may be your body’s way of telling you you’ve done too much! Posture strains are a major part of this injury type. If the pain lasts longer than a week or so consider a referral to physical therapy to guide the injury towards full recovery. • Tendinitis. Your tendons are thick bands of tissue that connect your muscles to your bones. Tendinitis occurs when your tendons become inflamed, which, again, is a result of overuse and repeated activity. There is so much movement going on throughout the holidays that it is possible for tendinitis to develop from excessive repeated physical activity. Examples of tendinitis are tennis elbow and achilles tendonitis (heel pain). • Bursitis. “Bursae” are liquid sacs that can be found between tissues. They

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