5 common and preventable injuries seen by physiotherapists

By June 1, 2022Blog

Whether you’re an athlete or simply lead an active lifestyle, it’s common to experience certain aches, pains and injuries. While our Surrey physio will gladly create a treatment plan to help you recover, it’s important to know that some of the most frequently treated injuries are preventable.

Here are five common, preventable injuries seen by physiotherapists.


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1. Ankle sprain

Ankle sprains happen when you twist, turn or roll your ankle in an awkward way. This stretches or tears the ligaments in the ankle, which leads to pain, swelling and an inability to use the ankle normally. You should always treat sprains with plenty of care so that they heal properly and don’t cause long-term problems.

Balance exercises, improving flexibility and wearing proper footwear can help reduce the risk of ankle sprains.


2. Sciatica

This is pain that radiates from your lower back and down your leg. While it’s not preventable in every case, things like maintaining a healthy weight, low-impact exercise and good posture can prevent sciatica in many situations.


3. Tendinitis

Tendinitis is a repetitive motion injury that can happen to anyone. The pain is caused by swelling or irritation of the tendon or surrounding tissues.

Good posture, shifting positions and moving mindfully are all ways to prevent tendinitis from worsening. In physiotherapy Surrey PTs can offer more personalized tips depending on your lifestyle.


4. Lower back pain

Lower back pain has so many potential causes for people from all walks of life. It can be helpful to try physiotherapy Burnaby PTs recommend as both treatment and prevention.

Good posture, proper lifting technique, regular stretching and core strengthening exercises are all excellent prevention strategies to lower your risk of recurring lower back pain


5. Runner’s knee

Anyone who spends a lot of time on their feet can experience runner’s knee. This is an overuse injury that causes pain and swelling around the front of the knee.

Regular stretching, suitable footwear and strengthening of the surrounding tissue can help prevent runner’s knee.


Don’t let preventable injuries slow you down

In physio Vancouver PTs can help you learn stretches, exercises and techniques to prevent these common injuries. A consistent regimen of preventive measures can help you maintain your active lifestyle, so don’t wait to call or contact painPro to schedule a visit today.

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