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E M P O W E R P H Y S I C A L T H E R A P Y

DECEMBER 2019

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No matter what type of physical activity you partake in, it is possible for injuries to occur. Whether you enjoy taking walks at night, playing sports 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 themostcommon injury thatpeopleendure fromphysicalactivity isanoverall feelingofsoreness,causedbyoverusingthemuscles,tendons, and ligaments.Whenthemuscles,tendons,or ligamentsareover-stretched, the tissues experience minor damage in the form of microscopic tears. This typically occurs when completing 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 body will need to recover. For more information on how you can prevent severe injuries, contact Empower Physical Therapy today. At Empower Physical Therapy, our licensed physical therapists can guide you through proper exercises, stretches, movements, and body control, in order to prevent future injuries from occurring. Many injuries occur due to impropertechniquesoroverexertingyourbody.Someofthemostcommonly sustained injuries include sprains, strains, and tendinitis. Many people think “sprains” and “strains” are synonymous; however, they have one distinct difference. Sprains occur when a ligament is stretched beyond its limits or torn, while strains occur when a tendon is stretched STAY MOBILE & FREE FROM INJURY!

beyond its limitsortorn.Tendonsaretissuesthatconnectmusclestobones, and ligaments are tissues that connect bones to one another. Sprains and strains can both range from mild to severe, and even mild ones may take up to 6 weeks to heal. When they become more severe, braces or surgical correctionmaybenecessary.Thiswillrequirea longerrecovery time,up to 8weeksor longer,andphysicaltherapytreatmentswill likelybeprescribed. It is important to note that it is in your best interest to have a physical therapistmakesureasprainorstrain is fullyhealedbeforereturningtoyour normal levelofphysicalactivity,as it iscommon foroldsprainsandstrains to develop again in the future if they have not been properly rehabilitated. Tendinitis isanoveruse injury thatcauses the tendons tobecome inflamed. There are several reasons why tendinitis may occur, but whatever the case may be, we know that it has developed as a result of unnecessary amounts of strain. For example, some people may develop tendinitis in their shoulders or elbows because of improper posture. If the neck and back are not properly aligned, unnecessary stress is placed on other parts of the body. Movements in the shoulders and arms are altered as a way to compensate, causing increased strain on the tendons. Tendinitis can be corrected with physical therapy treatments, since PTs are trained in relieving pain, decreasing inflammation, and restoring you to your normal posture, motion, and function.

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