There’s no denying that summer is here in all its splendor: the sunshine, the additional daylight, and the warm weather! Longer summer days usually means more time outdoors. As you get ready to go for a run, play some ball, or take to the golf course, remember that an increase in activity can also mean an increase in risk of injury. If you are less active in the winter, jumping back into summer activities too quickly can create strain on your body and result in an unwelcome injury. Nobody likes being in pain, however, with proper planning and treatment from your local physical therapy team, it doesn’t have to keep you from staying active this summer. Below we are reviewing three of the most common summer injuries and how physical therapy can help you get and stay back on your feet!
Ankle injuries, especially ankle sprains, are common injuries suffered by people participating in outdoor activities. A painful ankle can be debilitating and leave you longing for your couch. Luckily, a physical therapist can help! They will create a treatment plan to help reduce pain and swelling and increase range of motion as well as get you set up with a plan to keep it from happening again!
Knees are another one of the most commonly injured joints in the body, especially in summertime. When suffering from knee pain, it’s important to seek treatment right away to avoid it progressing into a torn ACL. A physical therapist can design a treatment plan including stretches, strengthening exercises, stability and more to have you back in action as quickly as possible.
Following a longer period of inactivity, like winter, your body isn’t used to running, jumping, and making other strenuous movements. When warm weather hits and our activity increases so does the chance of straining your back. A physical therapist can provide you with various exercises and stretches to prevent the staring before it even starts!
While injuries like this can take the fun out of summer, physical therapy is a great way to heal and come back healthier. Contact US Rehab to get your summer injury prevention plan in place today!