PTII-How to Avoid Common Active Injuries

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Don’t Let an Injury Sink Your Lifestyle

Whether you just like to play weekend sports, walk for exercise or are an avid athlete, injuries can happen from time to time. We have the answers to help you avoid injury and stay active.

Al Flores, PT, CFCE Director of Rehab

Health & Wellness The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body

Common Active Injuries And What You Need To Know

in the shoulder or elbow is typically from poor posture of the neck and upper back. This causes an altered movement in the shoulder and arm, increasing strain on the tendons. Physical therapy helps by relieving

It’s easy to sustain an injury to your muscles, tendons, or ligaments if you do not train properly. At the microscopic level, when muscles, tendons and ligaments are over-stretched, little tears form in the tissues. Your body normally heals quickly from this. However, the severity of the injury determines how

weeks to heal the soft tissue. That means adequate rest and rehabilitation is needed to fully recover from this type of injury. The recovery from this can be longer, 8 weeks or more and it is wise to have proper physical therapy rehabilitation to recover. Even old sprains and strains can stay around to haunt you if they have not been properly rehabilitated. Tendonitis Tendonitis is an inflammation of the tendons from overuse. This can be for a variety of reasons, but typically, that body part is taking the strain due to poor body mechanics. For example, tendonitis

normal motion and posture.

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long it will take to fully recover. Sprains and Strains

Severe sprains and strains may require braces and even surgery. These can range frommild to severe. Realize, that for even mild sprains, the body can take about 6

Stretch Stretching is one of the most important ways to prevent injuries. Your muscles and other tissues require oxygen, nutrients, and blood flow to be elastic. Stretching helps bring these things into the tissues making them more elastic and allowing them to stretch more. This prevents over-stretching and tearing. Hydrate and nutrition Your body is more than 70 percent water and therefore requires water to be supple and function at its best. Without adequate water and nutrition, your body’s tissues are more prone to injury. Hydrate and make sure you replenish the electrolytes you lost during activity with We have all heard of the term “weekend warrior” whichmeans a person that has not prepared their body at all to go out and do extensive sports or activities on the weekend. Typically, this person is more prone to injury, just because they are not prepared. If you have a hard time running, then you wouldn’t go out and do a marathon. Make sure that you train properly and safely for the sport or activity you would like to try. Wear proper equipment Make sure you have the right equipment to prevent injuries when doing activities. Good running shoes, proper hiking boots, helmets and much more can make the difference when it comes to preventing injury. At Physical Therapy Institute of Illinois, our staff of Physical Therapists can design a personalized program that will address any sports-related injury and help you get back to the activities you love. How to Prevent Injuries a sports drink like Gatorade. Stay within your abilities

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Exercise Essentials


IT BAND - STRETCH SIDELYING Lie on your side. Pull ankle of upper leg back as if stretching your quad. Put the ankle of your lower leg on the outside of your knee. Apply pressure downwards to feel a stretch along the side of your thigh. Hold for 5 seconds repeat 6 times on each side.

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TIME IS RUNNINGOUT! Have you met your annual insurance deductible? If you have, your therapy may be free. How do you check to see if your deductible has been met? You can call your insurance and ask them or you can call us and we will gladly check your benefits for you.

Are you suffering from an injury? • Do you have pain when you get out of bed in the morning?

• Does your pain get worse with walking? • Do you feel like you are just getting old? • Do you miss out on activities with you friends and family?

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