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No one really likes to admit it, but injuries are just a fact of life. Sure enough at some point down the road you will experience some sort of injury whether minor or major. The key thing is knowing how to rehabilitate whatever injury you sustain and return your body to it’s optimal function. Being a certified injury rehab specialist as well as a certified corrective exercise specialist, I am confident that together we can get over almost any injury you sustain and restore your body to it’s prime condition.
In order to help you prevent these injuries from occurring in the first place, I have listed a few common reasons for injuries so that you can start taking the proper precautions today.
Lack of Adequate Flexibility – When it comes down to injuries, flexibility is usually one of the main culprits. I chose the word “adequate” intentionally because there are many people out there who feel as if they are flexible enough to carry out their chosen activities; however, they find themselves laid up in bed with some sort of injury that could have possibly been avoided with just a little bit more flexibility. The lower back is probably the best example I can give on this topic because of its’ high rate of injury. In America we have a very high rate of sedentary individuals, not always by choice, but because of the typical 9 to 5 job which requires people to sit for extended periods of time. Couple this with the longer commute times spent sitting behind the wheel or a car, and you have a sure fired equation for having lower back issues over time. Most of these lower back issues can be avoided with the proper stretching and strengthening routine of the hip flexors and hip extensors. I highly recommend yoga to help open up the hips, BUT NOT BIKRAM, as it has very negative effects on the thermoregulatory system.
Lack of Water – Our muscles are made up of about 75% water, which means that if you are dehydrated, your muscles will suffer. To avoid this it is important to drink roughly 60-80% of your body weight in ounces of water each day, more so when it’s very hot and humid outside. A good marker for your hydration level is your thirst. At 2% dehydration your body triggers the thirst impulse which means that your goal should be to never be thirsty. So how does this have to do with injury? Simply put, a dehydrated muscle is tight muscle making it more susceptible to injury. Water is also very important in injury rehab because it helps transport the needed nutrients to the injured site. One more note on drinking water that I feel is very important is that your body can only utilize 8-10oz of water every 20 minutes, so be careful how quickly you drink water during your workouts.
Improper Exercise Form – Have you ever been working out in a gym and seen someone pulling a bar down behind their head on the the lat pull down machine and thought, wow that doesn’t look right? If you have then you are 100% correct. Slight self made modifications to the technique on any of the pieces of equipment found in the gym can really wreak havoc on your body if you’re not positive that you know what you’re doing. Time and time again people get injured because they are simply using the equipment incorrectly. All these injures might not be acute to where you feel pain immediately, but all of them WILL at some point down the road be the cause of an injury. Here are a few key pointers on commonly used pieces of equipment at your local gym. First, as I stated above, NEVER pull a lat pull down bar behind your head. Instead your shoulders should stay back and the bar should be brought down just below your chin or to the top of your chest. Second, when doing any type of pushing or pulling exercise, never let your shoulders roll forward. This pulls the head of the humerus out of proper alignment and will eventually cause shoulder problems. Third, when doing any leg exercise such as the squat, dead-lift, and lunges be sure that your back is STRAIGHT. This is a very common mistake made when someone chooses a weight that is too heavy for them and it causes the vertebral disks to be stressed far beyond their means.
All Degrees of ACL, MCL, LCL, Meniscus Tears
Knee injuries are one of the most common injuries that I have encountered. Having trained numerous professional athletes I have seen and rehabilitated all ligament injuries pre and post surgery.
Lower Back Injuries Including: Slipped Discs, Herniated Discs, Scoliosis, Strains, and Fractured Vertebrae
Knowing how the lower back is constructed is the key to helping in the rehabilitation of all lower back injuries. I work closely with the best Chiropractor in San Diego named DC Chad Wells out of UTC and together the majority of back issues can be fixed without surgery
Shoulder Injuries Including: Torn Rotator Cuffs, Torn Labrums, Nerve Impingement’s, Corrected Dislocations and Strains
The number 1 most injured area of the entire body is the shoulder. Being the most mobile joint that we have it’s bound to be injured very often. In order to obtain mobility the body must sacrifice stability. When dealing with shoulders there are a lot of muscles that connect to it at different points making it’s rehab the most complex. Because of it’s complexity it’s important to have someone with the knowledge and experience to help with the rehab process.
Ankle Injuries Including: Breaks, Strains, Sprains, Tears, Post Surgical Screws, and Post Surgical Reconstruction The ankle has to be one of the most important areas the body because it supports almost 100% of our weight. Rehabbing the ankle is actually a pretty simple process, but requires continued work in order to prevent it from being re-injured
Hip Injuries Including: Replacements, Resurfacing, Strains, and Drastic Pelvic Tilts
The hip is an area that because more commonly injured as we get older, just like any other area of the body; however, hip replacements are very common place after the age of 50. Rehabbing the hip takes time, but if done correctly it can be restored to over 90% of its original strength.
There are many other injuries that I have encountered in my years of experience and I feel more than comfortable helping in the rehab process of almost any issue. If you have injured something that I have not mentioned let me know and I will tell you what I can do for you.