Injury Prevention in Campbellton, MO. Whether you’re an athlete trying to get a shot at the next stage, or a recent retiree who wants to spend more time taking ski vacations, don’t let the fear of reinjury keep you from the happy, healthy lifestyle you desire. While our licensed Campbellton, MO physical therapists spend much of their time helping athletes and others heal after an injury, we are experts in the entire musculoskeletal system who can evaluate your movement, muscle and joint strength, and flexibility to teach out methods that are proven to reduce the risk of injury by preparing your body for the stressors of your desired activity. Schedule an appointment at Axes Physical Therapy today or call the location most convenient for you.
Being physically active is an essential part of many Campbellton, MO people’s lives. Many of us participate in active endeavors such as playing sports, playing golf, and more. Additionally, pursuing an active lifestyle reduces the risk of significant health problems including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, eurodegenerative disease, mental health issues, and certain cancers. Not only can physical therapy with one of Axes’ licensed Campbellton, MO physical therapists help you return to action even stronger after an injury, but our injury prevention specialists can help you reduce the risk of further injury by optimizing your overall movement health. All of our methods, both when helping restore motion health and when looking to improve it, have been prove to work and are developed uniquely for each client and the lifestyle they desire.
If you’ve recently sustained an injury, or have a lingering injury that won’t heal on its own, contact the Axes Physical Therapy location most convenient for you in Campbellton, MO for a free injury screening. To take preventative measures and protect your active lifestyle, keep reading or inquire about an appointment at your earliest convenience.
Injuries Axes PT Can Help Prevent in Campbellton, MO
Injuries typically fall into two categories:
- Chronic injuries are injuries happen gradually as a body part degrades because of repetitive movements. They are common in overhead athletes athletes who are required to repeat throwing or striking motions, with joint pain usually being the first warning sign.
- Acute injuries are sudden and spontaneous. Examples include falling or receiving a blow. These can result in bruises, twisting joints, broken bones, and dislocations.
Some of the injuries we see most frequently, for example rotator cuff tears, can result from either overuse or acute trauma. Other injuries, like ACL tears, are almost always the result of trauma, with an immediate impact to or twisting of the knee.
Why Do Injuries Happen? | Injury Prevention in Campbellton, MO
While injuries occur for many different reasons, and some are unpreventable, they generally occur because of dysfunction or instability and your body and between body parts. There are three common dysfunctions that lead to injury:
Muscle balance is crucial to supporting joints and reducing injury. Imbalance can result in an overreliance on one muscle group, causing it to perform actions it cannot do safely. It also causes posture dysfunction, and one set of muscles becoming fatigued faster, increasing the risk of injury. Muscle imbalance applies to inadequate muscle balance between muscle groups, such as having a strong chest and weak back, or within muscle groups, such as the four muscles in the rotator cuff not having proportionate strength. Muscle imbalance can result in:
- Muscle weakness
- Muscle inflexibility
- Poor muscle recruitment
- Coordination deficiency
Customized injury prevention with our certified physical therapists in Campbellton, MO will ensure that your muscles are at optimal proportional strength.
Movement dysfunction can impact your stability and lead to your body moving in unnatural ways, increasing your risk of injury. Neurological issues, swelling, previous injuries, and muscle imbalance call all contribute to movement dysfunction. It can cause injury through:
- Joint mobility limitations
- Muscle imbalance
- Coordination deficiency
- Lessened balance
At our initial injury prevention appointment in Campbellton, MO, we’ll discuss your medical records and perform a base evaluation to identify the root causes of your movement dysfunction. Then, in concert with with your doctor or any other medical professionals treating you, we’ll design a customized game plan based on empirically-backed research and studies to get your body moving as it should.
Bad posture doesn’t just affect people with slouched shoulders. People who play sports and other physically active people can suffer from postural dysfunction when resting, sitting, or in specific stances they need to be in for their sport. Good posture refers to correct alignments when both static and moving in a way that does not remove the spine from its natural curves. Poor posture can bring the bones of the spine closer together, which interferes with our body’s ability to communicate with itself and reach optimal motion health. Symptoms include:
- Muscle weakness
- Muscle imbalance
- Poor positioning
- Joint mobility restrictions
- Poor muscle recruitment
By teaching you the best practices for posture, we’ll aid in your injury prevention by ensuring muscle balance, flexibility, and that your spine is in its natural position.
How to Prevent Injury in Campbellton, MO
You can still suffer an injury even if you did everything you could to reduce that risk. No one technique is guaranteed to be effective in injury prevention. However, there are things you can do to make sure your body is strong and flexible enough for your intended activity:
- Take a rest — Injuries are more common in overworked bodies. If you have a very high activity level, one or two rest days a week will encourage your body to engage in its natural healing processes. If you’re moderately active, relax for the rest of the day after an activity so you don’t overwork your muscles and joints.
- Wear the appropriate equipment — Helmets, shin guards, safety pads and guards, and other recommended equipment in sports and other activities can help prevent injuries like contusions or head injuries. If you’ve had a previous injury, your Campbellton, MO physician or physical therapist may suggest braces or Kinesio Taping® to stabilize the injured area. Other measures like making sure all the equipment is snug can further help injury prevention by stabilizing your joints.
- Strengthen muscles — Strengthening soft tissue helps it withstand the rigors of heavy activity. In your customized injury prevention program with our licensed Campbellton, MO physical therapists, we’ll work to achieve ideal muscle balance and strengthen the smaller muscles needed to safely participate in the activities you want to participate in.
- Improve flexibility — Increasing your flexibility contributes to injury prevention in three way:
- It enhances your range of motion, which lets for your soft tissue to handle more dramatic movements.
- It increases blood flow, which allows for nutrient-rich blood to flow to your muscles, eliminating waste byproduct and encouraging the muscles to restore themselves.
- It boosts your posture, which, as we’ve discussed, is is one of the most important aspects of injury prevention.
According to a peer-reviewed sports medicine paper, sports like football that necessitate bouncing and jumping require muscles and tendons with sufficient flexibility to perform those movements. Also, it’s important to stretch and warm up before games or training to further reduce the risk of injury.
- Use accepted technique — Through the years, each sport and physical activity develops a consensus of the best techniques to use. These techniques not only help you perform better but help prevent injuries by not forcing your body into unnatural positions and movements. Football players learn to tackle a certain way to reduce the risk of brain damage, and rotational athletes like golfers and baseball players learn how to best apply torque to your body. We utilize DorsaVi video motion analysis to slow down your movement and analyze how to improve it.
- Listen to your body — If a part of your body is bothering you, that means that body part is telling your brain that something is wrong. If you feel sudden pain, stop immediately and get the appropriate medical treatment. If your body isn’t holing up well in a particularly rigorous workout, save it for another day.
- Don’t play through an injury — While teammates, competitors, and fans appreciate a player that plays through pain, forcing your body to perform with an injury to a muscle, joint, tendon, or ligament could make that injury worse and put you out of commission for much longer than if you had sat out at the time of the injury. Depending on what caused your injury and how severe it is, recommended actions may be using R.I.C.E. method, seeing an emergency room, and a series of physical therapy sessions to make sure your body heals naturally and can withstand the activity you want to return to.
- Follow the rules — Depending on the sport or activity and age level of the participants, it likely has special rules to reduce the risk of injury. Penalties for helmet to helmet hits in football, rules against head-first sliding in baseball, and even the existence of bike lanes are examples of rules that leagues enacted to prevent injuries to ourselves and others. Those were enacted for a reason, and there’s a reason that violations of those rules are punished.
- Consult a professional physical therapist — It’s in your best interest to see a doctor before starting another season or committing yourself to any strenuous activity or training regimen. During your visit, inquire with your doctor if injury prevention with a experienced physical therapist in Campbellton, MO is right for you. All of our techniques have been proven to reduce the risk of injury, and we’ll personalize your program to your age, any previous injuries, and which activities you want to participate in.
Injury Prevention for The Elderly in Campbellton, MO
Falls in the elderly were responsible for over 3 million urgent care admissions and over 34,000 fatalities. Studies show that physical activity is a great method for reducing the risk of falls. Other conditions that limit mobility such as arthritis that develop over the course of several years can be slowed down by physical therapy exercises that keep your soft tissue and joints healthy. While the physical demands for seniors may not be as high as an athlete, healthy strength, stability, flexibility, and correct posture are great agents in injury prevention.
Other services we offer in Campbellton, MO include:
- Shoulder Pain
- Knee Injury
- Joint Pain
- Dry Needling
- ACL Tear
- Pain Management
- Rotator Cuff Tear
Campbellton, MO Injury Prevention | Axes Physical Therapy
Suffering in injury in something you love doing can lead to a mental block that keeps us from experiencing the same exultation. The professional Campbellton, MO physical therapists at Axes are here to design for you a personalized injury prevention program that will keep your body strong and flexible, and your mind confident that you can safely return to the activities you love doing most. We will aid you in feeling the physical and mental health benefits that you do not want to lose. Make an appointment online or call the location nearest you to get started with one of our injury prevention experts in Campbellton, MO.