By Brett Sears, About.com Guide
When many people think of physical therapy, they think of a healthcare professional who helps people regain normal mobility after injury. But one aspect of physical therapy that is of great importance is to help people maintain healthy lifestyles to prevent injuries and movement dysfunction. Here you can learn simple ways that you may be able to maintain normal function and prevent injury.
Low Back Pain
Low back pain is so prevalent that it affects nearly everyone at one time or another. While it is important to do the right exercises when you have low back pain, prevention of low back pain is equally important.
- Low Back Stretches
- Maintain Proper Posture
- 10 Things to STOP Doing if You Have Low Back Pain
- The Flexion and Rotation Back Stretch
The shoulder is a very mobile joint with many muscular attachements. Common shoulder problems include rotator cuff strains, frozen shoulder or shoulder arthritis. By keeping a balance of proper shoulder strength and mobility, you may be able to prevent common shoulder problems.
Elbow and Wrist Pain
With so many people sitting at computers and tapping texts on smart phones these days, elbow and wrist pain and dysfunction is becoming more and more common. Simple stretches and strengthening exercises can help you maintain proper elbow and wrist function and mobility.
The hip is a large joint and is a major weight bearing joint in the body. Hip pain may be caused by arthritis, strains and sprains, or by a problem coming from your low back. Prevention of hip pain involves maintaining adequate strength and flexibility in the muscles around the hips, back, and legs.
Knee pain is quite common and may be caused by trauma and injuries or by wear and tear. Arthritis is also a major cause of knee pain. By keeping your knees mobile and strong, you may be able to help prevent knee dysfunction and problems.
Foot and Ankle Pain
Foot and ankle pain can limit your ability to walk, run, and move around normally. Prevention of foot and ankle pain involves keeping the muscles around the joint strong and flexible.
Balance and Safety
Falls can be a scary thing and can account for major disability, especially in older adults. Dizziness from vertigo may lead to falls or to problems with walking and rolling in bed normally. Simple balance exercises and exercises for vertigo may help prevent balance issues. Plus, making minor changes to your home environment may help prevent falls.