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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.

  1. Low Back Pain
  2. Shoulder Pain
  3. Elbow and Wrist Pain
  4. Hip Pain
  1. Knee Pain
  2. Foot and Ankle Pain
  3. Balance and Safety

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.

Shoulder Pain

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.

Hip Pain

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

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.

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