It’s a New Year, so it’s time for new resolutions, lifestyle changes and creating a healthier, more active you! Holiday indulging is over and now it’s time to step up the exercise routine and get moving.
Whether you’re heading back to gym or pounding the pavement outside, it’s important to keep in mind that common exercise injuries can happen, even to the most seasoned athlete. Muscle pulls and strains, sprained ankles, shoulder injuries, knee injuries, wrist sprain or dislocation are all common injuries that can happen during any routine workout.
How can I avoid a workout injury?
If you’re new to exercise, visit your doctor for a full check-up to make certain there are no issues which would limit your workout plans.
What do I do if I think something is sprained or broken?
Don’t wait. Visit your local emergency room or hospital and visit a board certified physician. An x-ray will usually determine if a bone is broken. Beyond x-rays, a CT scan can also be used to determine if there are more serious injuries, such as cervical (neck) fractures, head injuries, broken ribs or internal injuries, like liver or spleen lacerations, which could require surgery.
If it’s just a sprain, how long before I can work out again?
Sprains can take anywhere from 4 weeks to 6 months to heal, depending on how severe the sprain. Typically, a soft cast or a boot is worn to protect the ligaments and allow the injury time to heal. Your physician will discuss your recovery with you and likely recommend you see an orthopedic specialist, to monitor your recovery and potentially recommend physical therapy exercise to regain strength and mobility.
The most important thing to remember about physical activity is to try and incorporate it into your everyday routine. Even if you don’t have time for the gym or a long walk, little segments of exercise can be just as beneficial.
The benefits of exercise are clear: regular activity will help you live longer! Regular exercise increases energy levels, strengthens muscles and bones, improves mental clarity and mood, can reduce the risk of chronic disease, helps control weight and helps reduce the risk of some cancers. So, get moving and set 2018 off on the right (and left) foot!
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