Spring is here!

As the weather warms up, more and more activities become available to us and spring leagues start to take off! With people hopping back into their volleyball, softball, and flag football teams we unfortunately see a surge in injuries. There are several reasons and causes to these injuries. Some may be traumatic in nature, where an individual has a fall, an awkward and unexpected movement, or even something colliding or hitting your body.

Some of the common injuries that can be seen on the courts and fields may include: 

  • Sprains: Caused by stretching or tearing of a ligament within or around a joint that leads to pain, swelling, bruising and you may have difficulty weight-bearing on that joint
  • Strains and tendonitis: Excessive stretching or tearing of a muscle which often occurs with explosive movements, or quick and suddenly directional changes.
  • Bone fractures: Typically seen with falling or diving for the ball in which a person experiences excessive force through joints and bones.
  • Dislocations: This can happen when bones are pulled too far apart with in a joint. Sometimes this can occur through a traction force that pulls, such as an arm being pulled
  • Low back pain: very common from getting into new activities from being in unaccustomed positions with force or or carrying load
  • Shoulder/elbow pain:  Often seen with pitchers and throwers, poor shoulder mobility and/or weakness can cause muscles and tendons surrounding the shoulder to get irritated.

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Why does this occur?

There may be several reasons as to why some may experience these issues and injuries while others may not. In the case where the injury is not from a traumatic event, over the winter season, some individuals become less active which can lead to a slow and gradual loss in muscular strength, endurance, and flexibility. As these changes occur as a result of decreased use and activity, the involved structures experience a higher level of stress during warm-weather activities. These new stresses slowly take a toll on the soft tissues (muscles, tendons, etc.) and at some point the added stress turns into an inflammatory process and lead to injury.

 What can be done?

Upon experiencing an injury, our physical therapist can perform an examination to determine your deficits and evaluate the cause of your pains in order to create an appropriate plan of care to return you to crushing it on the field.

But why wait till you get injured?

Our therapist can also perform evaluation and movement analysis to determine deficits that you may not realize you have acquired over the course of winter through inactivity. Our therapist can create a plan of care with an individualized home exercise program to address your limitations to prevent an injury from occurring in the first place.

 

We want to see you at your BEST and your best is injury FREE!  Come schedule an evaluation and tackle those spring activities!

 

 

 

Elevate Your Heart Rate With Physical Therapy

Heart disease is a leading cause of death and disability. This shouldn't be a surprise - it's been at the top of the list for years. You know that taking care of your heart is important. That means doing things like eating right, avoiding smoking, and exercising regularly. While all of those things can be difficult, today we're going to focus on exercise.

How Physical Therapy Can Help With Your Heart Health

Cardiovascular exercise is anything that makes you breathe harder and pumps your heart faster. This could be walking, running, dancing, biking, swimming or hiking. It strengthens your heart and blood vessels. It can help control weight, lower blood pressure and blood sugar, reduce stress, and prevent heart disease.

 

If you're regularly going for a run or swimming laps, you don't need help from your PT.  However, 3 out of 4 adults aren't exercising regularly. If you'd like to get started, your PT may be just the person to help you. It's not uncommon to get injured, then never get back to your old routine. Your PT can help you deal with the old injury and design a plan to get you safely back to regular activity.

It's also not uncommon to try to be more active on your own, only to stir up pain somewhere like your back, hip, knee, or shoulder. Your PT can help with that too. They'll figure out why you're having pain, help you correct it, and get you a plan to reach your goals.

 

Physical therapists can also help you safely increase your activity levels after major medical issues like a heart attack, stroke, or even cancer. Recent research has shown improvements in cardiovascular fitness, fatigue levels and even pain in cancer patients who participate in a personalized physical fitness plan from a PT.

 Whatever your barriers to physical activity are, your PT can likely help you overcome them. As movement experts, physical therapists are trained to deal with a variety of conditions. They'll help you work around whatever issues you have so you can safely elevate your heart rate and keep cardiovascular disease away.

Your health, YOUR CHOICE!

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