By Dr. Katie Casto, PT, DPT
Injuries are common. Most of us have experienced an injury at some point in our lives and know how frustrating it can be to have to sit out of a sport, lose progress on our fitness journey, not be able to go to work, or not be able to participate in the activities that we want to do.
Did you know that:
Surprising? Although injury rates differ across sports, activities, age groups, sex, etc. injuries are common across the board, and we can and should take steps to reduce our risk for injury.
Why do injuries occur?
Injuries can occur for many reasons, but certain factors are common culprits of injuries:
Can we prevent injuries?
We have established that injuries are common and that certain factors may predispose someone to sustaining an injury. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t do anything about it. The good news is that there is a lot of solid evidence that injury prevention programs can and do work.
How can Physical Therapists help prevent injuries?
As physical therapists, we have been extensively trained and have in-depth knowledge of the body and how it functions, as well as prescribing exercise, screening for poor movement patterns, identifying impairments and developing programs to address those specific impairments. We are movement specialists! We can work with you one on one to help identify risk factors that may predispose you to injury and address them to reduce the risk of an injury actually occurring.
What if I’m already injured?
Physical therapists can work with you to help reduce the risk of sustaining an injury by adequately preparing you for whatever activity you would like to participate in. However, this doesn’t mean we can prevent all injuries. Inevitability, injuries can still occur, and if and when that happens we are there to help with your recovery.
We can address injuries early on which is crucial for improving outcomes and prognosis and preventing further downstream costs. There is substantial research evidence to support seeing a physical therapist early on after an injury to improve outcomes.
Research shows us that in MANY cases seeing a physical therapist sooner after an injury (rather than later) is a good idea. Don’t wait to come in!
Don’t know where to start?
Let us help guide you! We offer injury prevention movement screens- a simple full body screen done in just a few minutes- geared towards assessing your strength, range of motion, joint health, flexibility, movement patterns and susceptibility to injury. Then, we can bring awareness to areas of your body that may be beneficial to focus on or provide a few simple tips specific for YOUR body to help keep you healthy!
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Meet Your Therapist
Jessica has been in Austin, TX for the past four years. She grew up in Idaho and attended PT school at Idaho State University. She completed an Orthopaedic Residency and became a Board Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist in 2016.