ProActive Sports: Bouncing Back from a Sports Injury

THE NEWSLETTER ABOUT YOUR HEALTH AND CARING FOR YOUR BODY N E W S L E T T E R

KRISTI VANWYK, PTA GETTING TO KNOW THE PROACTIVE PHYSICAL THERAPY & SPORTS REHAB TEAM!

Q: What makes you excited to jump out of bed and head to work each day? I get excited knowing that what we do at ProActive will help improve the lives of our patients. Q: What is one thing you’d like every patient to walk away with from their experience at ProActive Physical Therapy? I hope that every patient feels understood and respected while at ProActive and confident that they received superior care according to their needs. Q: What do you enjoy in your free time? In my free time I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I also enjoy camping and outdoor activities such as hiking and going for bike rides. I also like cooking, scrapbooking and playing games.

Kristi received her Associate of Applied Science degree from Western Iowa Tech Community College in 2008. She really enjoys working with a variety of patients and injuries but especially with orthopedic injuries and the geriatric population. Kristi resides in Sioux Center with her husband Bret and four children. INSIDE : • Bouncing Back from a Sports Injury • Don’t Let Pain Put You On The Sidelines!

• Exercise Of The Month • Patient Success Spotlight

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THE NEWSLETTER ABOUT YOUR HEALTH AND CARING FOR YOUR BODY N E W S L E T T E R

BOUNCING BACK FROM A SPORTS INJURY INSIDE : • Don’t Let Pain Put You On The Sidelines! • Exercise Of The Month Did you know that according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, over 2 million high school athletes suffer from sports-related injuries annually? Additionally, 3.5 million kids under the age of 14 also receive treatment for sports-related injuries annually. This doesn’t even include the number of adult athletes that get injured from a sport. Whatever age you are, or level of physical ability you may have, physical therapy can help you in enhancing the healing process of a sports injury. With our sports injury rehabilitation programs, you will be helped to do the activities you love. If you are looking for an effective way to get off the sideline and return to your sport, contact ProActive Physical Therapy & Sports Rehab today to consult with one of our physical therapists. “Sports injury” is a term that can be used to describe any injury sustained while exercising or performing some sort of athletic activity. There are two ways in which sports injuries can occur: suddenly, such as one football player colliding with another, or over time, through repetitive motions, such as improperly lifting heavy weights at the gym or running in ill-fitted shoes. Simply put, anything that results in pain while performing physical activity can be considered a sports injury. Whether you rolled your ankle on the soccer field, swung your bat too aggressively on the baseball diamond, or strained your back while hiking your favorite trail, ProActive Physical Therapy & Sports Rehab can help you find relief. Your treatment plan will be dependent upon the nature of your injury, your health history, and whether or not the injury requires surgical intervention. If you’ve sustained a sports injury, please contact us as soon as possible. Any injury left untreated can become more severe over time.

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It is possible for any number of injuries to occur during athletic activity. However, 4 common sports injuries include: Shin splints. Medial tibial stress syndrome, also known as shin splints, is a pain that can be felt within the shin bones, which are located at the front of your leg. This pain occurs when excessive stress is placed on the shinbone and the connective tissues surrounding it. Shin splints often leave you feeling debilitated and limited; however, they can be avoided by wearing proper footwear, strengthening your core and leg muscles, and warming up before exercise. Knee injuries. Did you know your knee is the most complex joint in your body? While this means that it has the ability to accomplish numerous physical feats, it also means that it is one of the most commonly injured body parts. Knee injuries may include a dull ache that runs from your hip to your knee, repetitive-use injuries that make it difficult to move your knee, or more severe injuries such as an ACL tear that may require intensive rehabilitation or surgical correction. Sprains. Your bones are connected to one another by ligaments. When a ligament is stretched beyond its limits, a sprain can occur. Once the ligament is stretched, it is more likely that the affected area will be sprained again in the future. Strains or pulled muscles. Your muscles and bones are connected by tendons. When a tendon is stretched beyond its limit, a strain or “pulled muscle” can occur. Once the tendon is stretched, it is more likely that the affected area will be strained again in the future.

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FORWARD LUNGE Stand with good posture, lunge forward with one leg, keeping the other in place. Rise up and return to the start position. Repeat 3-5 times, making sure to alternate legs. Strengthens Legs www.simpleset.net EXERCISE OF THE MONTH Try this movement if you experiencing leg pain.

Don’t Let Pain Put You On The Sidelines!

Disclaimer: As there is a risk of injury with any activity, use caution when performing exercises. If you experience any pain or discomfort, discontinue the exercise and contact your health care provider.

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 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. They take enormous strain during running and sports activities. Injuries increase as you age… Muscle strength declines as we age, therefore, strengthening is very important. 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 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, ProActive Physical Therapy & Sports Rehab can get you back to enjoying your activities pain-free.

PRACTICE NEWS

Our Sheldon clinic participated in Hot Dog Days 2019 in downtown Sheldon. Hot Dog Days is offered to multiple Sheldon businesses to participate in and generate community involvement as well as business advertisement. Over 200 hot dogs were cooked and served from ProActive alone and around 2000 hot dogs served all over downtown Sheldon. ProActive also participated in the Top Dog competition and placed 3rd out of 14 businesses! The clinic created a Hawaiian theme dog complete with a Hawaiian hot dog topped with smoked pineapple, red onions, jalapenos, lime juice, and a teriyaki mayo. Chad, Mandy, Sami, and Kendra all did a wonderful job and are excited for next year!

Welcome back Dordt University students! Henry Byl, DPT spent the afternoon at "Taste of Sioux Center" on the Dordt campus, welcoming new students and returning students back to Sioux Center.

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Refer A Friend Who Do You Know That Needs Our Help?

“They genuinely care about their patients and are doing everything they can to get them back stronger and better than ever.” “I tore my ACL playing college soccer for Dordt in the fall of 2018, and physical therapy at ProActive was essential to my full recovery. I’m happy to say that I was able to return to collegiate soccer the following season! ACL rehab was a long process, and it made such a difference to have physical therapy that I enjoyed and looked forward to. I have been to other physical therapy clinics, and my experience at ProActive was by far the best. The staff at ProActive are not only positive and encouraging but they are so knowledgeable and really know what they’re doing. They genuinely care about their patients and are doing everything they can to get them back stronger and better than ever. After another minor knee injury at the beginning of this soccer season, I returned to ProActive for therapy. Henry Byl was more than willing to work with me once again to get me back to playing. I’m so thankful for ProActive and all that they’ve done for me.” - Hannah Unger, (Dordt University)

Do You Have Friends Or Family Unable To Do The Following:

� Move without pain

� Sit comfortably for long periods

� Bend & move freely

� Walk for long distances

� Balance confidently & securely

� Live an active & healthy lifestyle

If you know someone suffering with aches and pains give the gift of health. Refer them to ProActive Physical Therapy & Sports Rehab today.

Pass along this newsletter or have them call us directly to schedule an appointment.

About ProActive!

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ProActive Physical Therapy & Sports Rehab seeks to provide the highest quality of care for our patients. We are dedicated to serving each patient in their rehabilitation and wellness needs with a comprehensive approach that supports each patients individual needs. We are committed to providing patients with the knowledge necessary for them to be actively involved in their care and recovery.

At ProActive Physical Therapy & Sports Rehab, you will receive hands- on therapy treatments by our friendly, caring health experts during focused and individualized sessions.

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