FyzicalLasCruces: Sports Injuries & Post-Surgical Rehab

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INSIDE: • How to Avoid Surgery After a Sports Injury • Free Workshop • Staff Spotlight • Patient Success Spotlight

NEWSLETTER THE

ORIGINALLY KNOWN AS

HOW TO AVOID SURGERY AFTER A SPORTS INJURY

Whether you have back 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 at the location nearest you! 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 FYZICAL Therapy & Balance Center 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. The licensed athletic trainers and physical therapists at FYZICAL Therapy & Balance Center can customize a program that addresses the weakness of your particular musculoskeletal

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

system, allowing you to recover quickly and remain active. Even if you have an old injury, it is important to have it evaluated by our physical therapists to prevent long-term damage like arthritis. If

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.

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.

you have sports or orthopedic injuries like tendonitis, arthritis, a stress fracture or low back pain, our therapists can design a treatment plan to promote improved function, wellness and minimize the risk of re-injury. (continued inside)

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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 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. Therefore, if they are not in top condition, they are more prone to injury. 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 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 pain-free 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, FYZICAL Therapy & Balance

Center 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 your risk for injury.

• Do stretch often • Do strength training • Do coordination training • Do endurance training

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PATIENT SUCCESS SPOTLIGHT

STAFF SPOTLIGHT: ANDY KRENTZ, MA, ATC, CERT. MDT

Andy is part of our sports medicine program and is well known for his ability to return athletes to their desired level of competition. He is a graduate of New Mexico State university with degrees in athletic training and science education. He isoneof10athletictrainersnationwide that hold the credential in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy making him a top level resource for athletes in our community. Andy is active in the soccer community, a coach himself, and enjoys spending time inthecommunitywithhisdaughterAddie, sonAxtonandwifeAmanda. Youwilloften find them participating in running events as a team.

I can walk without worrying about my legs hurting!

“As a major league umpire I need to be able to run, squat and stand for long periods. Andy has helped me run and perform my job. I had a 7/10 pain level when I started and now it is 0/10. Thanks!” - Tony R.

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FREE WORKSHOPS APRIL 22ND • MAY 20TH 6:30PM Balance FYZICAL Therapy & Balance Centers 1181 Mall Drive Suite C Las Cruces, NM 88011 LAS CRUCES WORKSHOPS

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FREE PAIN ASSESSMENT CALL TO SCHEDULE TODAY! MALL DRIVE CLINIC 575-522-0766 LOCUST STREET CLINIC 575-521-4188 NORTHWESTERN CLINIC 915-875-1559 ARE CONCUSSIONS SERIOUS? Sports concussions are described as a “mild” traumatic brain injury because concussions are not usually life threatening. However, concussions are a brain injury and can lead to serious long-term consequences if not managed correctly by a qualified healthcare professional. WHAT HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS MANAGE AND TREAT SPORTS CONCUSSIONS? No single healthcare professional is able to fully manage a sports concussion due to the many different issues related to a concussion. Concussion management is truly a team effort to help a patient return to his or her prior level of function. Members of the concussion management team may include a sports medicine physician, primary care physician, athletic trainer, teacher, school administrator, social worker, physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech language pathologist, psychologist, neuropsychology, neurologist, radiologist, orthopedic surgeon, ophthalmologist, ear nose & throat physician and other healthcare professions. HOW CAN I SPOT A POSSIBLE CONCUSSION? Concussions are a fairly common injury, but many people are unaware of exactly what happens when one gets a concussion. This injury is a result of an impact, in which the brain collides with the inside of the skull. This can be caused by a harsh blow to the head or any traumatic jolt to the body. Concussions can also be caused if a violent back- and-forth motion (such as whiplash) of the head takes place. When your head tosses in different directions rapidly (such as from a car crash or harsh football tackle), your brain gets tossed along inside it, bouncing off the bony enclosure of your skull. WHAT ISTHENORMALRECOVERYTIMEFORACONCUSSION? The normal recovery time from a concussion varies from person to person and past concussion recovery time does not predict future recovery time. The patient’s signs/symptoms and course of recovery depend upon the location of the mild brain injury and the severity of their injury. However, studies have shown that 80% of athletes recover from their concussion within three weeks, but 20% of concussed patients may take much longer to recover. Research also indicates treatment speeds recovery.

This workshop is for you if you are suffering from: • Geriatric fall risk • Elderly • Movement disorders

• Concussion • Post hip surgery • Post knee surgery • Amputee • Dizziness/vertigo

APRIL 1ST • MAY 6TH 6:30PM Rotator Cuff

You will learn: • Single worst position to sleep in that causes shoulder pain • #1 biggest mistake people make suffering from shoulder pain

• Common causes of rotator cuff problems • Top 3 exercises for the rotator cuff

APRIL 22ND • MAY 20TH 6:30PM Balance FYZICAL Therapy & Balance Centers 1845 Northwestern, Suite B El Paso, Texas 79912 EL PASO WORKSHOPS

This workshop is for you if you are suffering from: • Geriatric fall risk • Elderly • Movement disorders

• Concussion • Post hip surgery • Post knee surgery • Amputee • Dizziness/vertigo

APRIL 8TH • MAY 6TH 6:30PM Rotator Cuff

You will learn: • Single worst position to sleep in that causes shoulder pain • #1 biggest mistake people make suffering from shoulder pain

• Common causes of rotator cuff problems • Top 3 exercises for the rotator cuff

Limited to the first 25 callers. Expires 04-30-20

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