Although regular exercise is highly recommended to promote optimal health, engaging in rigorous activities often pose the risk of suffering from injuries, especially if special precautions are not taken.
Preventing injuries is the best way to get the most out of sports activities and stay healthy. Here are a few recommendations that have proven to be useful:
If you are unable to prevent an injury be aware of the signs that one has occurred so that you can start to treat it right away. Symptoms such as swelling, serious pain, tingling or numbness, a loss of mobility or strength, and skin discoloration indicate that it is time to rest and treat the injury. Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE) is usually sufficient for the treatment of minor injuries*, but major injuries typically require medical attention and Physical Therapist.
If you are suffering from a current or previous sports injury and would like help during your recovery, our trained professionals can assess and correct your muscle balance and biomechanics, show you appropriate strengthening and stretching exercises, and use Physical Therapist treatment techniques that have been proven to help get you back to sport. Rehabilitation in the form of Physical Therapist is a highly effective way to reduce the recovery period, improve strength and agility, and prevent additional injuries from occurring.
Our Physical Therapists would be happy to assess your current or previous injury and create a program tailored specifically to your needs and goals. Call Ascend Physical Therapy & Wellness to make an appointment or to ask any questions you may have.
*New research is emerging examining the use of ice in acute injury and suggests that ice may slow down the inflammatory response necessary to initiate healing. As the body of literature grows and practice changes we will be sure to update our recommendations.