NYSportsandSpinal_How to Avoid Surgery After a Sports Injury


HOW TO AVOID SURGERY AFTER A SPORTS INJURY 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. Unfortunately, this also means the occasional sports injury or a flare up of an old injury or condition. 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. (Continued inside)


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INSIDE: How to Avoid Surgery After a Sports Injury Don’t Let Pain Keep You on the Sidelines AROUND THE CLINIC:


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KNEE INJURIES: According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,thekneeisthemostcommonly injured joint. Orthopedic surgeons see morethan5.5millionpeopleannuallyfor knee injuries,whichcan includerunner’s knee (pain or tenderness close to the knee cap at the front side of the knee), tendonitisand iliotibialbandsyndrome (pain on the outer side of the knee). Severeknee injuriesoften includebone bruises or damage to the cartilage or ligaments. SHINSPLINTS: Shinsplintsoccurwhen 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.

Sports injuries in this article will be definedasinjuriestothemusculoskeletal 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 causedbytraumasuchasafallorblow 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.

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SIDELYING TRUNK ROTATION While lying on your side with your arms out-stretched in front of your body, slowly twist your upper body to the side and rotate your spine. Your arms and head should also be rotating along with the spine as shown. Follow your hand with your eyes. Hold for 20 seconds repeat 3 times on each side. Stretches Your Back

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TheteamatNYSportsandSpinalPhysicalTherapycantreatmanyorthopedic 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 licensedphysicaltherapistsandphysicaltherapistassistantsatNYSports and Spinal Physical Therapy can customize a program that addresses the weakness of your particular musculoskeletal system, allowing you to recover quicklyandremainactive. Even ifyouhaveanold injury, it is importanttohave itevaluatedbyourphysicaltherapiststoprevent long-termdamage likearthritis. If you have sports or orthopedic injuries like tendonitis, arthritis, a stress fracture or low back pain, call us today at our Scarsdale (914-722-9200) or Thornwood (914-579-2722) locations. Our therapists can design a treatment plan to promote improved function, wellness and minimize the risk of re-injury.

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How Do Most Injuries Occur? Most sports injuriesoccurfrom ill-prepared individualswho just jump intotheactivitywithoutfirst increasing their strength, endurance and flexibility. Your muscles,tendons, ligamentsandothertissues 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, Don’t Let Pain Keep You on the SIDELINES

your tissues become less elastic and in fact a little “drier.” When your muscle, tendon and ligament tissues have enough water, they are suppleandstretchy,allowingyoutodoa lotof activities. Keep yourself hydrated and stretch often to maintain elasticity in your muscles. Before & After. Knowing the right exercises to prepareforfitnessactivities iskey.Ourphysical therapy experts have years of experience rehabilitatingpeopleafter injuriesandreturning thempain-freetotheactivitiestheyenjoy.What some people might not know is that physical therapistsputspecificexerciseplanstogether basedonyourneedstoprevent injury. Ifyoudo

start to experience pain with activities, we can getyoubacktoenjoyingyouractivitiespain-free. Calltodayto learnmorehowourprogramscan 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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Who Do You Know That Needs Our Help? • Move without pain • Bend & move freely • Balance confidently & securely • Sit for long periods comfortably • Walk for long distances • Live an active & healthy lifestyle Do You Have Friends Or Family Unable To Do The Following:


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