Injury Prevention in Peerless Park, MO. Whether you’re an athlete hoping for a shot at the next stage, or you just retired and want to spend more time being physical fit, don’t let the fear of reinjury keep you from the activities you love. While our certified Peerless Park, MO physical therapists work extensively with athletes and others to recover from injury, we are experts in the entire musculoskeletal system who can evaluate your body’s current condition and how you move to teach out techniques that are proven to prevent injury. Make an appointment at Axes Physical Therapy today or call the location most convenient for you.
Being physically active is an essential part of many Peerless Park, MO people’s lives. We love active endeavors such as playing sports, kayaking, and more. Furthermore, keeping an active lifestyle reduces the risk of chronic conditions including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, degenerative brain diseases, anxiety, and many types of cancers. Not only can physical therapy with one of Axes’ licensed Peerless Park, MO physical therapists help you return to action and perform even better than before, but our injury prevention professionals 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 activities they want to return to.
If you’ve recently suffered an injury, or have a nagging injury that won’t heal on its own, contact the Axes Physical Therapy location most convenient for you in Peerless Park, MO for a no-risk, no-obligation injury screening. To reduce your chance of an injury and ensure that you can continue with your active lifestyle, keep reading or inquire about an appointment at your earliest convenience.
Injuries Axes PT Can Help Prevent in Peerless Park, MO
Most injuries fall into two categories:
- Wear-and-tear injuries are injuries that occur when a part of the body repeats the same motion time and time again. They are common in overhead athletes such as raquetball or basketball players, with joint pain usually being the first warning sign.
- Acute injuries are injuries that happen because of a specific and sudden trauma. Examples include falling or a sudden impact by an object or another person. These can result in bruises, sprains and strains, fractures, and dislocations.
Some of the injuries we see most frequently, such as rotator cuff tears, can either develop over time or occur suddenly. Other injuries, such as ACL tears, almost always occur spontaneously, with an immediate impact to or twisting of the knee.
What Causes Injuries? | Injury Prevention in Peerless Park, MO
While anyone can suffer an injury almost at any time and for numerous different reasons, they generally occur because of dysfunction or imbalance and your body and between body parts. There are three main causes of why your body cannot handle an activity:
Muscle balance is crucial to maintaining healthy joints and staving off injury. Imbalance can result in an overreliance on one set of muscles, causing it to perform actions it cannot do safely. It also causes posture dysfunction, and one set of muscles becoming tired sooner, making them more susceptible to injuries. Muscle imbalance applies to inadequate muscle balance between muscle groups, such as having a strong hamstring and weak quadriceps, or in the same muscle group, such as the four muscles in the rotator cuff having different levels of strength. Muscle imbalance can cause injury through:
- Muscle weakness
- Muscle inflexibility
- Poor muscle recruitment
- Coordination deficits
Customized injury prevention with our knowledgeable physical therapists in Peerless Park, MO will bring balance to your muscles.
Movement dysfunction can result in poor balance and lead to your body bending in unnatural ways, causing injury. Neurological issues, inflammation, previous injuries, and muscle imbalance call all contribute to movement dysfunction. It can cause injury through:
- Joint mobility restrictions
- Muscle imbalance
- Coordination deficiency
- Lessened balance
At our initial injury prevention appointment in Peerless Park, MO, we’ll go through 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 additional medical professionals treating you, we’ll develop a personalized treatment plan been proven to work through research and studies to get your movement health to reach its potential.
Bad posture doesn’t just affect people who sit a lot. People who play sports and others with active lifestyles can have postural dysfunction when resting, driving, or in specific body positions related to a given activity. Healthy posture means proper alignments of the neck, torso, pelvis, and extremities in a way that encourages our spine to stay in its natural curves. Poor posture can bring the vertebrae closer together, which disrupts communication between your brain and body and makes it difficult to attain ideal motion health. It can also lead to:
- Muscle weakness
- Muscle imbalance
- Poor positioning
- Joint mobility restrictions
- Poor muscle recruitment
By helping you understand ideal posture, we’ll aid in your injury prevention by ensuring muscle balance, range of motion, and that your vertebrae remain in place.
Keys to Injury Prevention in Peerless Park, MO
You can still suffer an injury even if you did everything you could to prevent one. We cannot promise that our injury prevention program completely negates the risk of injury. However, there are precautions to greatly reduce the risk of injury:
- Take breaks — Your body needs time to rest and recover after any moderate to intense activity. If you have a very high activity level, one or two rest days a week will signal to your body to engage in its natural healing processes. If you have a more moderate activity level, take a break for the few hours after an activity so you don’t overwork your muscles and joints.
- Wear the appropriate equipment — Helmets, chest guards, safety pads and guards, and other recommended equipment in many sports helps you avoid injuries like rashes or brain injuries. If you’ve already suffered an injury to a joint or soft tissue, your Peerless Park, MO physician or injury prevention specialist may fit you for stabilizing braces or Kinesio Taping®. Other measures like tying your cleats tightly offers further stabilization.
- Strengthen muscles — Strengthening your muscles, tendons, and ligaments helps them withstand the rigors of heavy activity. In your customized injury prevention program with our licensed Peerless Park, MO physical therapists, we’ll work to achieve ideal muscle balance and strengthen the often forgotten muscles needed to safely participate in the activities you love.
- Boost flexibility — Stretching achieves three important things for injury prevention:
- It increases which movements you can make and how far you can extend them, which allows for the tendons and ligaments connecting your muscles to your bones to adapt to more dramatic positions.
- It improves blood flow, which allows for protein-rich blood to flow to your soft tissue, eliminating waste byproduct and encouraging the muscles to heal.
- It encourages good posture, which, as you read earlier, is an essential part of injury prevention.
According to a peer-reviewed sports medicine paper, sports like soccer that include dynamic movements require muscles and tendons compliant enough to store and exert the high levels of energy required. Stretching and warm up exercises before activities further helps prevent injuries.
- 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 get be the best athlete you can be but help prevent injuries. Football players learn to tackle a certain way to avoid brain damage, and swimmers learn the proper strokes to use the appropriate muscles. We use DorsaVi video motion analysis to break down your movement and analyze how to improve it.
- Don’t ignore what your body is telling you — If you feel pain in a muscle or joint, that’s your body’s way of telling you something is wrong. If you feel a sudden crack or grinding sensation, immediately stop all physical activity and seek proportional medical care. If your body does not feel well enough for an intense training session, 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 leave you off the field or court for longer than it originally would have. Depending on what caused your injury and how severe it is, recommended actions may be using R.I.C.E. method, visiting an emergency room, and a series of physical therapy sessions to make sure your body heals naturally and can handle 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 in the interest of safety. Penalties for leading with the helmet in football, rules against slide-tackling in soccer, and even the presence of bike lanes are all rules put in place to prevent injuries to ourselves and others. Those are in place for a reason, and there’s a reason that violations of those rules are punished.
- Speak a licensed physical therapist — It’s a good idea to get a physical before another season begins or starting up a new physical activity. During your physical, inquire with your doctor if injury prevention with a professional physical therapist in Peerless Park, MO is something you should consider. Every treatment plan we employ has been demonstrated to prevent injury, and you plan will be completely unique to you and catered to how old you are, any previous injuries, and how physically active you wish to be.
Injury Prevention for The Elderly in Peerless Park, MO
Falls in the elderly were responsible for over 3 million urgent care visits and more than 34,000 fatalities. Research demonstrates that being physical active is invaluable in preventing falls. Other conditions that limit mobility like arthritis that are wear and tear injuries can be effectively managed with physical therapy exercises that keep your muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints healthy. While older adults typically do not exert themselves as much as an athlete does, appropriate strength, stability, flexibility, and ideal posture can greatly aid in injury prevention.
Other services we offer in Peerless Park, MO include:
- Shoulder Pain
- Knee Injury
- Joint Pain
- Dry Needling
- ACL Tear
- Pain Management
- Rotator Cuff Tear
Peerless Park, MO Injury Prevention | Axes Physical Therapy
Being injured in in an activity you prepare and train for and love causes a mental block that won’t allow us to experience the same euphoria. The knowledgeable Peerless Park, MO physical therapists at Axes are here to guide you through your own personalized injury prevention program that will keep your body strong and flexible, and your mind confident that you do not have to fear going back to what you love doing most. We will aid you in feeling the physical and mental health benefits of doing what you do best. Request an appointment online or contact the location nearest you to get started with one of our injury prevention specialists in Peerless Park, MO.