Physical therapy plays a key role in injury prevention. In the U.S., unintentional injuries are the primary cause of death among teenagers. Athletes are prone to overuse injuries, fractures, and strains. About 65 percent of runners will be injured in any year. Fortunately, it is possible to prevent and reduce injuries, regardless of their cause. All you need is a good physiotherapist.
Why Should You Care about Injuries?
Most people have had at least one injury in their lifetime. The risk is higher among those who play sports, lift weights, or have jobs that require a great deal of physical activity. Common injuries include tight calves, shin splints, jumper’s knee, tennis elbow, tendinosis, broken bones, sprains, bruising, and wounds.
In general, injuries occur because of improper equipment, excess training, lack of stretching, and poor lifting form. People who are overweight or obese as well as those who had previous injuries are at high risk. These medical issues have physical, psychological, and financial consequences that can affect your quality of life. If left untreated, they may cause permanent disability, post-traumatic stress disorder, and depression.
Physical Therapy for Injury Prevention
The benefits of Physical Therapy for injury prevention are well documented. Our team has the skills and knowledge needed to help you stay injury free. We can show you how to stay safe at the gym, prevent hip and spinal compression fractures, and strengthen your back muscles.
A good Physical Therapist will identify the root cause of your problem, assess your range of motion, and offer advice on injury prevention. He/She will use hot and cold therapies, frictions, massage, kneading, and joint manipulation to relieve pain and speed up recovery. We can also screen athletes and dancers, identify past and current injuries, and recommend exercises for musculoskeletal conditioning. Even a basic screening on posture and muscle tightness can significantly lower your risk of injury.