Educational Resources

The Trails We Blaze: Hiking - Ankle Injury Prevention

9/6/2019

Who doesn’t love hiking? On the trail we are immersed in the open air, wildlife, beautiful, rugged terrain, fresh water streams, and... ankle injuries? Yes, you heard that right. Hiking often goes hand- in-hand with some fairly severe ankle twists, sprains, and even fractures or breaks! It’s not hard to guess why, mind you, because from loose rocks, to uneven footpaths, hiking poses a big threat when it comes to the wellness of your ankles. Don’t despair though, we’re not asking you to pack away your hiking gear and take to the treadmill instead. Rather, we’re here to chat to you about how ankle injuries during your hike can be prevented, and why being mindful of their probability and severity puts you in good stead to steer clear of them!

Firstly, let’s take a look at what it means to injure your ankle. More often than not, ankle injuries involve the ankle joint, and this is largely because of the joints’ construction. Three bones connect here, thus making it a magnet for possible injury. Hurting your ankle therefore means harming the ligaments in this area, or even the bones itself. Both scenarios involve a great deal of pain and discomfort, therefore making the ankle a hot-spot for injury prevention.

Sprains and breaks, respectively, can cause a lot of distress. They not only ruin your hike, but will most likely throw you off of your fitness routine, keep you off of the dance floor, and steal your sleep. In fact, the severity of ankle injuries has a lot to do with the complexity and sensitivity of the ankle itself. When sprains occur, your ankle’s tissues and ligaments are forced to contort in unnatural ways, often causing severe discomfort and pain for a duration of time – all the tissues are so intricately connected in this area that their recovery can take much longer than expected. In more severe cases, the ankle may break, leaving the foot without any support or mobility. Admittedly, this is the worst case scenario, but, once again, the complex nature of the ankle joint makes the likelihood of a break that much more possible. Both injuries do, however, share one very significant quality: both require treatment.


Written By:
Ellora Maggs, DPT
"We Help Active Adults get back to the acivities they love withouth medication & surgery."

FORE! Shoulder Pain and Playing Golf

9/6/2019

Golf... it’s a sport that calls to mind beautiful Saturday mornings, a cold beer at the club after a great 18-hole day, and that elusive birdie you’ve been trying to get for years. And while this all sounds pretty much idyllic, you might be surprised to know that playing golf causes nearly as many injuries as some contact sports! It’s true, and while shocking, it actually makes a lot of sense. The techniques players employ in their swings, gaits, and strokes, often have painful consequences for the back and shoulders. In fact, shoulder pain is so common amongst golfers that it has fast become one of the injuries we treat most often. So, in this post we chat to you about what it means to have shoulder pain, how you know it’s golf-related, and what to do if you’re suffering from it right now. With that having been said, let’s tee up and get started!

For all you golfing enthusiasts out there, the title probably makes some sense. No doubt you’ve yelled ‘fore’ out onto the green after miscalculating the wind gusts, right? Well, just as you might warn the unsuspecting golfers out ahead of you, so too your body yells its equivalent of ‘fore’ at you when it’s in distress and pain. Really, as you’re playing golf you might actually feel a tug, a pull, or even discomfort in your shoulder as you swing – that’s your body telling you to ‘watch out’ and ‘look out ahead’. In fact, it’s your body’s extremely sophisticated way of warning you about probable damage and/or injury to your shoulder if you continue swinging the way you are. And yet, despite this impressive alarm system, many golfers continue to swing through the pain as though it will disappear on its own. And what a mistake that is! For those who ignore the signs, shoulder pain is really just a few yards away.

Well, what happens if you’ve ignored the warning signs and are now experiencing shoulder pain and discomfort? What does that mean and what can be done? One thing to understand is that the shoulder is a complex joint; the movement and mobility of it hinges on the rotator cuff, that is, the section of your shoulder made up of muscles and tendons designed to keep your arm in the socket of your shoulder. Hence, shoulder pain in this area is often referred to as a rotator cuff injury and, yes, you guessed it, these are most commonly seen amongst avid golfers.


Written By:
Ellora Maggs, DPT
"We Help Active Adults get back to the acivities they love withouth medication & surgery."