SPORTS INJURIES & POST-SURGICAL REHAB HOW INCREASING STRENGTH, ENDURANCE, & FLEXIBILITY CAN KEEP AWAY INJURY
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SPORTS INJURIES & POST-SURGICAL REHAB 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. 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 Burlingame Therapeutic Associates, II 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. Contact us to schedule an appointment by calling 650-692-4811 or visiting our website at www.burlingametherapeutic.com. Come experience how physical therapy can help you get back your game.
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There is nothing more exciting than taking on a new challenge, sport or activity. For most of us, the thrill of accomplishing a physical goal is what we live for. However, are you prepared for it? The term “weekend warrior” means a person who doesn’t really train for what they are doing; they just go 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. They take enormous strain during running and sports activities. Therefore, if they are not in top condition, they are more prone to injury. out and do it on the weekend. How Do Most Injuries Occur?
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, Burlingame Therapeutic Associates, II 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 to do sports activities, fitness and a host of other physical activities to keep you healthy and happy. With a little bit of preparation, you can easily do these activities and decrease
Injuries Increase as You Age… If you think back to when you were in your late teens, you could go into a full 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 & 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
your risk for injury. • Do stretch often • Do strength training • Do coordination training • Do endurance training
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Exercise Essentials Try this movement if you are experiencing aches & pains.
DISCOVER HOW TO LIVE PAIN-FREE At Burlingame Therapeutic Associates, II, you will receive hands-on therapy treatments by our friendly, caring health experts during focused and individualized sessions. It’s time to come to Burlingame Therapeutic Associates, II if: • You’re tired of living in pain • You want to feel better and move better • You have been in an auto accident or injured on the job • You want to prevent injury 1. Call and talk to your therapist 2. Discover why your pain has come back 3. Get your custom recovery program
Loosens Tight Hips HIP HIKES Stand sideways on a step and have one leg hanging. While keeping your standing leg straight, raise your free hip directly upward, which will raise your hanging leg. Then return the pelvis/leg back to the floor position. Repeat 12 times on each side.
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