Do you think prevention is better than cure?

April 10th, 2016 by

Physiotherapy

Do you think prevention is better than cure?

If you are reading this, there is a good chance that you have been a patient at our clinic who has had an injury that has stopped you in your tracks.

  • A bad back that hurts you while trying to rest at night
  • A bad knee that gives you problems at training or going up and down stairs
  • A shoulder that make it hard to lift your arm or wash your hair.

Any of the above sound familiar.  Well you are not alone!

Sure some injuries are bound to happen – imagine the poor skier that was taken out by an out of control snow boarder, suffering a complete rupture of an ACL (main ligament that stabilises the knee.)  The only way to avoid this would be to stay in the chalet sipping on a nice hot mug of coffee….. For the average active person playing team sport or training hard to keep fit, the research shows a specific conditioning program may reduce the risk of serious knee injury by up to 70%.  Doesn’t that sound appealing to you…

Here is another way of looking at it.  A soccer player who trains 3 times a week, and plays a game on Saturday neglects to incorporate the program to reduce knee injuries.  They sustain an ACL injury and is looking forward to:

  • Major surgery to repair the ligament – costing thousands
  • 6 months rehab – more time and expense
  • 9-12 months until he gets back on the park.

The other option is to incorporate a 15 minute FIFA endorsed strength and conditioning program that has been proven to reduce your risk of injury.  Therefore avoiding the pain of the injury, an empty pocket as well as time off the park.

Hopefully the above example highlights the importance of preventative measures and their role. Besides specific strength and conditioning there are other ways to help self manage.  These include:

  • Foam rolling
  • Stretching
  • Supplements
  • Correct hydration, fuel and nutrition
  • Following the correct training principles – importance of correct form.
  • Maintenance treatment and peak performance strategies

The take home message for today is that prevention is better than cure.   Over the next few articles we will be covering each of these topics in more detail to give you some simple strategies to help you feel better immediately. Kicking off next time with foam rolling fundamentals.

If you have any questions feel free to email me at john@yourhealthsolutions.com.au I look forward to reading your emails.

Yours in Health

John and the YHS team.

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