INJURY PREVENTION AND MANAGEMENT
Rehabilitation is something most, if not all of us have been through at some point. Whilst rehab can be unavoidable at times, and is a requirement for an injury, imagine if we could somehow prevent or reduce our likelihood of experiencing these injuries in the first place.
Whilst impact or trauma injuries are largely unavoidable, many injuries are and, at the very least, we can reduce our chances of having them. Common injuries we see daily are rotator cuff tears, bursitis, back injuries and plantar fasciitis. The thing all these have in common is that, in many cases, they are largely avoidable.
In many cases pain is the successor to overuse, poor body awareness or weakness. Implementing specific exercise into your weekly routine can work as a protectant to many of these injuries and can better prepare your body for the loads that it experiences each day.
What is Injury Prevention?
Basically any form of exercise, from walking to specific rehabilitation exercise, that provides our bodies with a stimulus that results in tissue growth and strengthening. The adaptation that our bones, ligaments, tendons and muscles undergo as a result of this exercise better prepares them for future loading and stressors. This, in turn, reduces our likelihood of potential injuries for those newly adapted structures.
Whilst the above is true, and something is better than nothing, it is much better practice to include specific injury prevention exercise into our daily routine where there is a known risk. Injury prevention isn’t something that is exclusive to athletes. For example us drivers have a higher likelihood of degenerative disc changes in their backs and people with manual handling jobs are more likely to suffer shoulder pain and injuries.
Whatever your job, hobbies or daily activities include, they can put you at a higher risk for specific injuries. In 2018 the Australian Bureau of Statistics reported on work-related injuries in Australia and found that the main cause of injuries come from manual handling (lifting, pushing, pulling or bending). Depending on your job and daily tasks you will likely be at an increased risk to certain injuries. Including some injury prevention specific exercises into your weekly routine can help to reduce your risk of injury.
Injury prevention or “Prehab” should be a part of every individuals weekly routine. If you would like some help, either combating an ongoing injury or in assessing your personal injury risks and preventative exercises, then contact one of our Accredited Exercise Physiologists for a consultation on 07 5456 1599.
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