Showing posts with label physical therapy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label physical therapy. Show all posts



Are you or someone you know in treatment for an injury? Have you completed treatment and entered the post-rehab phase? Are you headed towards your next injury?

Nagging pains, problems, and injuries involving muscles and joints are an inevitable fact of life. Joint replacement surgeries are increasingly common. The good news is that a carefully designed fitness program can actually reduce the risk of injury, speed recovery, and prevent re-injury. Choose the wrong exercises, however, and you could be setting your self up for future problems.

These postings discuss pre-hab and post-rehab - specialized areas of training that require close work between client, trainer, and often physical therapists and doctors. However, once the issues are identified, your problems can be fairly easy to address.

Feel free to let me know if you have any questions, and to suggest future topics.


COMMON PROBLEMS: What To Do, What to Avoid

The following are some brief summary case histories of common problems that you can address in your fitness program, including key things to add and avoid:

Likely Injury: Rotator Cuff, Impingement, Biceps Tendonitis
Add to program: Chest stretch, reverse fly, scaption, close grip row, external rotation/rotator cuff strengthening
Avoid: Overhead shoulder exercise, incline chest press, front row, behind neck exercises

Likely Injury: ACL/MCL Tear, possibly knee or hip pain, frequent ankle sprains
Add to program: Side Lying Leg Lift, Single Leg Press/Squat, Hip stretch, IT Band Stretch
Avoid: Adductor

Likely Injury: Plantar Fascitis, Achilles Tendinitis, calf cramps, frequent ankle sprains
Add to program: Foam Roll and stretch calves, toe raises, side lying leg lift, single leg press/squat
Avoid: Calf raises

Likely Injury:
Low Back Pain, Disk injuries
Add to program: Planks, lower body and back stretching, unstable exercises
Avoid: Excessive hip flexion and abdominal flexion (sitting, leg raises, crunches)

Likely Injury: Slips and Falls, Hip Fracture
Add to program: Single leg exercises, core strengthening
Avoid: Extended periods of sitting


The Right Exercise Programs Can Prevent Injuries Before They Happen

"Pre-Hab" Train to prevent injuries before they happen. It may not be possible to reduce the risk of accidents, but you can train to reduce injuries from other sources such as falling, poor posture, and muscle imbalances. Start with a self-assessment or assessment by a qualified trainer who can help you develop a corrective fitness program.

The case histories below present a few common problems that can be observed and addressed in a fitness program, and some suggestions for each. You may have to make some changes to adapt your program to these phases, but you can still have a program that is effective and fun.

"Post-Rehab" If you've already had an injury or surgery, you're at a risk of recurrence. Follow a program designed to carefully get your body back into a regular training routine, while preventing a recurrence. The National Strength and Conditioning Association recommends that athletes continue with exercises they did in physical therapy - for many people, this can last a lifetime. Try to identify and correct the underlying causes of the injury, often muscle imbalances and postural distortions.

If you need help, I can show you how to incorporate physical therapy exercises into your workout routing, keep the routine interesting, and progress the exercises from the more controlled and "clinical" physical therapy environment to the gym.


Over the past few years, I've shared several corrective programs with blog readers, you can access some of these programs by clicking below. The programs are general and appropriate for most people, however, if you have been treated for an injury you should talk to your physical therapist or doctor and get clearance before proceeding. You can also feel free to contact me for an appointment to develop a more customized program or program for other issues, and for personal instruction.

Low Back Pain Program

Plantar Fascitis/Shin Splints

Rounded Shoulders/Forward Head

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