How Physiotherapists Can Prevent an Injury Before it Occurs
Here’s a look at how a physiotherapist can help you get a leg up on the injury bug, before it bites:
- Implementation of an Injury Prevention Program (IPP): Your physiotherapist can help develop an IPP for the workplace or for individuals. An IPP for the workplace may include evaluations of workstation ergonomics and chairs, fitness of workers, a Function Capacity Evaluation (FCE) and suggestions to help prevent work injury. A personal IPP may include an evaluation of your fitness level, work or sport mechanics, warm up/cool down sequence and training program, and will look at your injury history to help you determine activity dos and don’ts.
- Fitness evaluation: Your physiotherapist will look objectively at your aches and pains and level of fitness before you pursue a physical activity, new sport or new job. This is vital because, if left untreated, even the smallest injury will likely worsen with activity. Pain in one part of your body will cause a compensation elsewhere, which will lead to imbalances in posture and muscle use and a much higher risk of more serious injury down the road. Get that nagging back or knee pain checked early before it becomes a full-blown injury!
- Fitness program creation: Your physiotherapist in Mississauga will also help you develop a warm up/cool down sequence and training program custom-designed for your fitness level, activity intensity and the type of sport you are doing.
It is vital to ensure that your endurance, balance, strength and flexibility are up to par to prevent injury during physical activity. This is especially true as you get older and/or you are returning to activity after a layoff. Have you been inactive this winter and intend on hitting the links soon? Or maybe you’ve been laid-off a while but are expecting to get called back to your construction job any time? If you don’t prepare mindfully for your return to activity, you’re just asking for the injury bug to bite! Now’s the time to treat that back or knee pain, before it becomes a serious injury.
Looking for a physiotherapist in Mississauga to help you prepare for injury-free activity? Contact us at the European Massage and Physiotherapy Center! Our experienced registered physio and massage therapists are available to help you prevent injury, regardless of your age or fitness level.