Compared to other sports, swimming has a relatively low risk of injury. However, the most common body part injured while swimming is the shoulder. Shoulder pain can be caused by muscle overuse, incorrect technique or swimming only one stroke during every workout. Whatever the reason, these factors can lead to shoulder discomfort and injury, most commonly rotator cuff tendinitis. If you experience shoulder pain during or after swimming, your physiotherapist can help.
Golf is a sport that British Columbians of all ages enjoy. Plus, the mild climate in many parts of BC allows golf enthusiasts to hit the links year round. Like any sport, it’s possible to become injured while golfing. This is especially true if players don’t take the time for a proper warm up. A dynamic warm up allows golfers to gradually warm up the body’s tissues in preparation for swinging activities. This can improve performance and help to prevent muscle strains and joint sprains. If you feel pain during or after golf, a physiotherapist can help.
Cycling is a terrific exercise for British Columbians of all ages. Cycling builds toned muscles, reduces joint pain and stiffness, increases stamina, alleviates stress and is a great weight management tool. It’s important to remember that cycling should be about enjoyment not pain. Unfortunately, some cyclists experience pain in the neck, back, saddle region, wrists, hands, knees and feet. If you feel pain during or after riding, a physiotherapist can help.
If you like to garden but want to avoid common gardening injuries and sore muscles, it’s best to start and finish your day in the garden with a gentle warm up and some stretching. By following the tips below you can minimize injury, alleviate pain and get the most enjoyment out of your day in the garden. If you feel pain during or after gardening, your physiotherapist can help.
Spring is here. And, if you’ve got the urge to Spring clean and you’re getting ready to clear out your attic, garage, basement or house, below are a few tips on how to lift objects without injuring yourself. By following these tips you can help minimize your risk of injury and still get everything to the curb on time.
Running and walking are both great ways to stay in shape and keep fit. If you are new to running or are starting to walk for exercise after an illness, it’s best to work with your physiotherapist to develop a program suited for you that includes warm up and cool down stretches to help prevent injury. If you feel pain during or after running or walking, a physiotherapist can help.
You may not think of it this way, but your heart is a muscle and can be trained just like any other muscle. And, like other muscles, it works better and more efficiently if it is exercised and trained on a regular basis. As with any new exercise program, getting advice from a trained, registered physiotherapist is a great first step.
Approximately 30% of older adults will fall at least once each year. An injury, such as a fracture or sprain, will occur in 50% of those who fall. This in turn can result in a new disability or loss of independence. The good news is that many falls can be prevented. The risk of falling in older adults can be reduced when a physiotherapist prescribes specific exercises, activities or interventions. If you have fallen or fear you are at risk of falling, your physiotherapist can help.
Sports-related concussions are a common type of sports injury usually caused by a hit to the head leading to a short loss of normal brain function. Symptoms can include a headache or neck pain, nausea, dizziness, or tiredness.
Joint replacement is surgery for people with severe knee and hip damage, in which the surgeon removes damaged cartilage and bone from the surface of the knee or hip joint and replaces them with a man-made surface of metal and
plastic. This can relieve pain, help the knee or hip joint work better, and restore patient mobility.