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Using Physical Therapy to Prevent Summer Injuries

prevent summer injuriesPhysical therapy is one of the best treatment methods to help patients before or after surgery, but did you know it can be used to prevent injuries? Now that summer is in full-swing, we are seeing patient after patient with a variety of injuries from hiking, biking, swimming, golf, running, and just enjoying the outdoors. Physical therapy treatments offer an effective way to prevent some serious aches and pains and improve or restore range of motion and flexibility.

Our Layton Physical Therapy office is designed around our patient’s needs. We often deal with patients coming to avoid surgery, or hoping to improve range of motion and mobility. Our goal is to not only meet your goal but to exceed it. In the summer we often see an increase in ankle sprains, back injuries, and more. Using a variety of techniques and strengthening programs, we are able to reduce pain and break down scar tissue.

Preventing Summer Injuries

We love patients that are looking for ways to enjoy their active lifestyles, but we always recommend you play smart! Simple things like stretching before you slalom ski or wakeboard can prevent you from straining your back and shoulders. Learning how to prevent injuries is the best way to focus on staying fit and enjoying your summer. If you have mobility issues, we can help. Schedule a consultation and we will evaluate your current range of motion to determine the best stretching and treatment method to improve your health.

Stretching the Muscles

The best way to prepare your body is to focus on stretching and gradually introducing your body to vigorous activity. If you tend to be sedentary, suddenly getting up and running a 5K can place some major strain on your muscles. Taking a few minutes to do some stretches will allow the muscles to loosen and warm up before you do put it to work playing this summer.

Wear the Right Clothing

Another reason why people become injured is due to their clothing. If you want to go out for a run, wear loose fitted clothing that allows the muscles to breathe. Your shoes play a critical role in your ability to participate in your favorite summer sports. Check on the tread of your shoes and ensure they do have plenty of wear left in them.

Know the Terrain

Hikers often come into our office with wrist strains, knee pain, and ankle injuries. The majority of patients will trip or slip when they are hiking. While you will not be able to prevent all of the injuries that can occur when hiking due to the terrain, you can focus on watching your step! Watching your step can help you stay balanced and could keep you from a serious hiking injury.

Have you already been injured this summer? Layton Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine is here to help! Our physical therapy team will show you the proper stretches you need to help your muscles heal more quickly. Our goal is to help you get back to the game of life and enjoy the rest of the summer pain free!

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