Worcester: Avoid Surgery After A Sports Injury

DON’T LET PAIN SIDELINE YOU

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 theactivitywithoutfirst increasingtheirstrength,enduranceandflexibility. 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 injuriesandreturningthempain-freetotheactivitiestheyenjoy.What somepeoplemightnotknow isthatphysicaltherapistsputspecificexercise plans together based on your needs to prevent injury. If you do start to experience pain with activities, Worcester Physical Therapy Services can get you back to enjoying your activities pain-free. Call today to learn more how our programs can help you feel great!

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Healthy Recipe: CHOCOLATE HAZELNUT BISCOTTI

QUAD SET While lying or sitting with a small towel rolled under your ankle, tighten your top thigh muscle to press the back of your kneedownward towards theground.Hold for30secondsand repeat 3 times. Strengthens Knees Relieve Knee Pain In Minutes Try this movement if you are experiencing knee pain.

INGREDIENTS • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt • 1/2 cup butter, sofftened • 1/2 cup chocolate hazelnut spread • 1/2 cup sugar • 1/2 cup brown sugar

• 1 egg • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract • 3/4 cup chopped toasted hazelnuts

DIRECTIONS Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. In another medium bowl combine the butter, chocolate hazelnut spread, sugar, and brown sugar. Using an electric mixer, cream the ingredients together, about 4 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until smooth, about 1 minute. Using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula, stir in the flour mixture until just combined. Add the hazelnuts and stir until just combined. Using a tablespoon measure, spoon out the cookie dough onto a cookie sheet, spacing the mounds about 4 inches apart. Use the tines of a fork to flatten the cookie dough. Bake until lightly golden around the edges, about 10 to 12 minutes. Use a metal spatula to transfer the cookies to a wire rack and let cool.

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