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Road to Recovery: Tips for Safely Getting Back Into Exercise After Injury


Road to Recovery: Tips for Safely Getting Back Into Exercise After Injury

At some point in your life, you will probably suffer from an injury to your back, head, or knees. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t still keep up your fitness habits. Although your exercise routine might change to accommodate your injury as you recover, there are things you can do to exercise safely without aggravating the injury. Here are a few tips.

Back Injuries

In the past, the doctor may have recommended that you rest, maybe even stay in bed for a few days or even weeks. Today, doctors have a different approach: It has been tested that the best way to recover from back injuries is to exercise. Obviously, it is not suggested that you go for a run or lift heavy weights. The type of exercises that are recommended will help stretch out muscles that are tight and strengthen muscles that tend to be weak. When getting back into exercise after a back injury, gradually engage in swimming, walking, or another low-impact exercise as recommended by your doctor. It’s important to understand that back pain can be caused by different things and not all pains are the same, so check with your therapist before engaging in any of these activities.

Head Injuries

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) affects more than two million people in the US each year. In most cases, it’s caused by day-to-day accidents like a car crash or even a simple fall. When you hit your head, the brain is shaken and this can cause brain damage. In most cases, these patients will recover at home or at the hospital and return to their normal lives, but many will suffer from long-lasting TBI symptoms, such as memory loss, difficulty focusing, or depression. A research study has discovered that exercise is a long-term, effective treatment for TBI. Mild brain injury accelerates the aging process of the brain, and studies have shown that TBI patients have a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Exercise as a treatment instead of medications could help patients regain lost cognitive abilities and slow down the brain aging process.

Knee Injuries

The knees are a complicated part of the body. For starters, they are each a joint for both movement and support where four bones come together; two muscle groups allow movement, and the stability of the knee joint is the responsibility of four ligaments. What could go wrong? Plenty. Exercise in water, on a soft surface, and with low impact to the knee can help you recover from just about any injury to any part of the knee.

The human body was designed to move, and having limited physical capabilities after an injury can be frustrating, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop exercising completely. Incorporating exercises like these into your daily routine will help you to get back into the swing of your exercise routine without making your injuries worse.

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