Make a full recovery from musculoskeletal injuries with good Physical Therapy

Physical therapy can help patients overcome musculoskeletal injuries

As people age, their bodies (musculoskeletal system) experience natural wear and tear. This wear and tear can leave it vulnerable to aches, pains and injuries. It’s a part of life. When an injury occurs, a full recovery depends on two things. First, how we manage the pain. Second, how well we address the underlying factors which have contributed to the injury.

What exactly is a musculoskeletal injury?
A musculoskeletal injury is defined as “pain/damage to the tissues of the musculoskeletal system. This includes injuries to the joints, ligaments, muscles, nerves, and tendons, basically all of the structures that support the ability to oppose gravity.”

No musculoskeletal injury is quite the same

Every injury is unique and has many factors to consider:

  1. What tissue is damaged and how it affects our movement?
  2. To what extent is the tissue damaged?
  3. What amount of swelling is present?
  4. Are there muscle weaknesses or guarding as a result of the injury?

People willl frequently try rest and medication. While this can be appropriate, lack of movement and masking the pain with medication may lead to incomplete healing. It could also lead to movement compensations and an increased risk of re-injury.  Failing to address the many factors and consequences of injury is THE worst thing to do! This will more often than not leave the body less than 100%.

When we operate at less than 100% and with insufficient recovery, our body becomes vulnerable to re- injury. In addition, we are prone to even worse injuries in other places.

The Answer: Invest in Your Health

Your health is your number one asset. The best way to ensure maximum recovery and minimize the chance of further injury is to attend physical therapy. There are no magic pills or magic treatments in physical therapy – just sound, evidence-based guidance proven to help you get better.

The process is simple. A physical therapy evaluation will identify the source of the injury through:

  • observation.
  • objective measurements.
  • physical testing.

After the evaluation, physical therapists use the findings to set up a recovery plan. Then, they prescribe the most effective, natural healing techniques to help patients achieve full recovery.  The patient is educated and actively takes part in the healing process. Each program is tailored to the patient’s needs. As a result, success can often be achieved in a few visits.

Take Action

If you have an injury, you owe it to yourself to seek advice. Consulting a physical therapist is a great way to ensure maximal recovery, reduce the risk of re-injury and maximize the chance of staying healthy.

Call Baudry Therapy Center today at 504.841.0150 to make your appointment and start investing in your health! We’ll get you back to the top of your game!






Workplace Wellness: Creating a Proper Workspace

Workplace Wellness: Creating a Proper Workspace

workplace wellness_thumbnailOur next topic in the workplace wellness series is creating a proper work station. Sitting at a desk with little mobility throughout the day, coupled with repetitive activities, can contribute to aches, pains, and eventual injuries.  It is essential to ensure that your workspace is set up properly. This includes choosing the right chair, ensuring that your keyboard is in the right position and that your computer monitor is the right distance away.  These may seem minor, but can make a major impact on keeping your body pain free.

Here are a few specific guidelines for your work station that we hope will help maximize your comfort and safety.

Your chair should have the following:

  • Wheels (5 for better mobility)
  • The ability to twist freely on its base
  • Adjustable height
  • Adjustable arm rests that will allow you to sit close to your desk
  • Lumbar support
  • Seat base that adjusts to a comfortable angle and allows you to sit up straight

The position of the keyboard is critical:

  • The keyboard should be at a height that allows you to have your forearms slightly below a horizontal line—or your elbows at slightly more than a 90 degree angle.
  • You should be able to slide your knees under the keyboard tray or desk.
  • Avoid reaching for the keyboard by extending your arms or raising your shoulders.
  • Try to avoid having the keyboard on top of your desk. That is too high for almost everyone—unless you can raise your seat. The elbow angle is the best test of keyboard position.

The position of your computer monitor is important:

  • The monitor should be directly in front of you.
  • The top of the monitor should be at your eye level, and at a distance where you can see it clearly without squinting, or leaning forward or backward.
  • If you need glasses for reading, you may need to have a special pair for use at your computer to avoid tipping your head backward to see through bi-focals or other types of reading glasses.

Stay tuned for next week’s series which will feature some exercise videos you can do at your desk!

Already experiencing pain?

If you already experience pain or you would like assistance in setting up your workstation, Baudry Therapy Center can help. Call us today to make an appointment at 504.841.0150 or visit our website.

Source: APTA MoveForward