Iberia Sports & Rehab. Avoiding Common Active Injuries

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is stretched beyond its limits or torn, while STRAINS occur when a TENDON is stretched beyond its limits or torn. Tendons are tissues that connect muscles to bones, and ligaments are tissues that connect bones to one another. Sprains and strains can both range frommild to severe, and even mild ones maytake up to 6weeks to heal.When they become more severe, braces or surgical correction may be necessary. This will require a longer recovery time, up to 8 weeks or longer, and physical therapy treatments will likely be prescribed. It is important to note that it is in your best interest to have a physical therapist make sure a sprain or strain is fully healed before returning toyournormal level ofphysical activity, as it is common forold sprains andstrainstodevelopagain inthefuture iftheyhavenotbeenproperly rehabilitated. TENDINITIS is an overuse injurythat causes the tendons to become inflamed. There are several reasons why tendinitis may occur, but whateverthe case maybe,we knowthat it has developed as a result of unnecessaryamountsofstrain.Forexample,somepeoplemaydevelop tendinitis in their shoulders or elbows because of improper posture. If the neck and back are not properly aligned, unnecessary stress is placedonotherpartsofthebody.Movements intheshouldersandarms are altered as a way to compensate, causing increased strain on the tendons.Tendinitiscanbecorrectedwithphysicaltherapytreatments, since PTs are trained in relieving pain, decreasing inflammation, and restoring you to your normal posture, motion, and function.

Nomatterwhattypeofphysicalactivityyoupartake in, it ispossiblefor injuriestooccur.Whetheryouenjoytakingwalksatnight,playingsports on the weekends, or training for athletic trials throughout the week, it is important to make sure you are always being as safe as possible. Perhaps the most common injury that people endure from physical activity is an overall feeling of soreness, caused by overusing the muscles, tendons, and ligaments. When the muscles, tendons, or ligaments are over-stretched, the tissues experience minor damage intheformofmicroscopictears.Thistypicallyoccurswhencompleting an exercise that the body is not used to, or exercising for the first time after a prolonged period of rest. The soreness may linger for a few days but usually goes away on its own. However, the severity of the damage determines how long the bodywill need to recover. For more information on how you can prevent severe injuries, contact Iberia Sports & Rehab today. What are some common injuries? At Iberia Sports & Rehab, our licensed physical therapists can guide youthroughproperexercises,stretches,movements,andbodycontrol, in orderto prevent future injuries from occurring. Many injuries occur dueto impropertechniquesoroverexertingyourbody.Someofthemost commonly sustained injuries include sprains, strains, and tendinitis. Manypeople think “sprains” and “strains” are synonymous; however, theyhaveonedistinctdifference. SPRAINS occurwhena LIGAMENT

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