Maintaining fitness — not resting — may be key to recovering from an injury
Experts no longer think rest, ice and over-the-counter painkillers are the answer.
In the past, injuries such as fractures, IT band syndrome, plantar fasciitis, and runner’s knee were normally treated using ice therapy, over-the-counter painkillers, and with plenty of rest. While this seemed like the best medical choice, this approach deprived the individual of the benefits of exercise when they needed it the most. Furthermore, this approach was believed to maintain athletes stuck in a cycle of chronic injury. Physical therapist Kerri Kramer Webb, founder of Fast Track Sports Medicine & Performance Center in Fairfax County quoted, “Now, we know that in the world of injuries, true rest isn’t really helpful”.
When an individual suffered an injury, plenty of rest and ice was recommended to alleviate the ailment but, these are not fully addressing the underlying issues. Currently, the standard approach for treating an injury on an athlete consists with them remaining as active as possible without aggravating their injuries while correcting the issues which caused the injury. For more information, please feel free to ask Dr. Jimenez or contact us at (915) 850-0900.
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