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Preventing and Treating Sports Injuries

Exercise is an important part of life in order to become or stayhealthy. For many people, sports are a fun way of burningextra calories, socializing and getting fit. Unfortunately,this also means the occasional sports injury, or a flare-upof an old injury or condition.

You don’t have to be a professional oreven amateur athlete to suffer a sports injury. In fact, manytimes those most susceptible to sports injury are peoplewho have just started exercising or do it on a recreationallevel; your typical weekend warrior.Sports injuries are typically seen as injuries to the musculoskeletal system,including muscles, bones, and tissues such as ligaments, tendons and cartilage.

The most common sports injuries include:
Sprains :A sprain occurs when the ligamentsthat join the ends of one bone with another are stretchedor torn. Sprains are caused by trauma such as a fall or blow to thebody that knocks a joint out of position. Ankles, kneesand 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 ispulled, torn or twisted. Strains can occur from overstretching during a forceful movement whilst playing. A commonexample of a strain is a muscle spasm. A back or neckstrain is a very common injury treated in physical therapy.

Knee pain and injuries: According to the U.S. Departmentof Health and Human Services, the knee is the mostcommonly injured joint. Orthopedic surgeons see morethan 5.5 million people annually for knee pain and injuries, whichcan include runner’s knee (pain or tenderness close tothe knee cap at the front side of the knee), tendonitis andiliotibial band syndrome (pain on the outer side of theknee). Severe knee injuries often include bone bruisesor damage to the cartilage or ligaments.

Shin splints :Shin splints occur when there is painalong the large bone in the front of the lower leg, knownas the tibia or shin bone. Shin splints most commonlyoccur in runners, especially those who are just starting arunning program. This is usually due to poor alignmentof the body, or weakness in the leg muscles.The good news is that Magnolia Physical Therapy can treatmany orthopedic and repetitive motion injuries withoutthe need for invasive surgeries or addictive medications.

Prevention
Proper training, strengthening and stretching are the most important elements to preventing sports injuries. It’s important to work with professionals, trained in your sport and are dedicated to making sure you are properly conditioned before doing the sport. Our physical therapists have years of working with different sports injuries and helping to train individuals on how to prevent injuries.

Our licensed physical therapists can customize an exercise and sports injury prevention program that recognizes theweaknesses of your particular musculoskeletal system,allowing you to recover quickly and stay active. Even, ifyou have an old injury, it is important to have it evaluatedby our physical therapists to prevent long term damagesuch as arthritis to your joints. If you have a new or oldsports injury like tendonitis, arthritis, astress fracture, or low back pain, our therapists can designa treatment program to promote wellness and minimizethe chance of re-injury.Call us today to learn more!