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Now that summer is in full swing, you may find yourself outside more and enjoying nature. The risk of injury will increase if you find yourself outside participating in a variety of sports. From extreme wakeboarding injuries to sprained ankles on hikes, we have already seen several patients deal with common summer injuries. Here are a few we have treated over the years, and recommendations as to how you can prevent these injuries from occurring:

Ankle, Wrist Sprains and Fractures

Almost every summer sport involves some risk of injury to the ankles and wrists. We see a lot of fractures when someone falls off their bike and uses their arm, wrist and hand to catch themselves from falling. Ankle sprains and fractures commonly occur when hiking, cheerleading, and playing contact sports. If you have visited a medical facility and been told you need surgery, call us. We can help to strengthen the muscles surrounding the injury, helping to avoid surgery or improve the body’s healing capabilities post-surgery.

Knee Injuries

Hyperextension of the knee is common in the summer months. We treat a lot of patients dealing with hyperextended knees, shoulders, and other joints. It is essential to have a physical therapist handle the treatment to help improve healing and reduce inflammation. Failure to utilize the right treatment methods could further damage the area, or could slow the healing process.

Strains

So many summer activities can cause muscle strain to occur. It is important to rest the area before you start trying to move it. Contact our office as soon as possible so we can begin treatment. We can help with posture changes and more that will reduce the likelihood you will continue dealing with pain. We can also provide treatment methods to improve the healing time and lessen inflammation.

Summer is a great time to get out and enjoy the beautiful outdoors we have, but its also important to pay attention to your surroundings to help reduce the risk of accidents. If you are dealing with a summer injury, give our office a call to schedule your appointment in one of our three Northern Utah locations in Layton, Mountain Green, or North Ogden, 801-728-4624!