A monthlyseriespresented by: Damon A. Greene, MD
Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon
Shore Orthopaedic University Associates
As COVID-19 continues workout facilities have been temporarily shut down. This means that more and more people are turning to home exercise programs. Home exercise offers a great way to stay in shape and social distance. But what happens if you get injured at home. Keep reading to learn about a few common home workout injuries and steps that you can take to recover in your own home.
Common Home Workout Injuries:
If you have decided to lift weights increase or start running or even get that Peleton bike here are a few common injuries to look out for.
Rotator Cuff Strain: This is a common injury which can be caused by many factors. Improper form or excessive weight progression or even excessive repetition. The deltoid may pinch the top portion of the rotator cuff against the collar bone. This often results in inflammation and swelling of the tendon causing pain.
Sprained Ankle: A sprained ankle can occur anytime from running on uneven surfaces or even while preforming those at home HIT or Zumba classes. Common symptoms of this injury include pain and swelling and loss of range of motion.
Shin Splints: Shin splints are one of the most common running injuries. This typically occurs from overuse or increase in training or improper footwear. Shin splints are caused by overloading the muscles tendons and bones of the lower extremity. Symptoms include throbbing, aching, or tenderness along the inside of the shin. The pain is often intense at the start of the run but goes away once the muscles are loosened up.
Wrist Sprain/Tendinitis: A sprained wrist occurs when a ligament is forced to stretch beyond its normal range, or when the elastic fibers of the ligament are torn. They are often caused by a fall, such as onto an outstretched hand, or when the joint is bent forcefully or suddenly twisted
A Few Tips for at Home Injury Care.
After the injury you may experience pain, swelling, and bruising, as well as throbbing or a dull ache. Additionally, the injured area may also be tender to the touch or sensitive to movement. A popular acronym is R.I.C.E. which describes a method can be used at home when recovering from an injury:
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I had been struggling with a bad lower back for over 6 months which was leading to other issues. After just one consultation, we came up with the perfect plan of rehab, exercise and a stretching program that got me back to my old self. At times I just wasn’t sure my body was going to bounce back, but Dr. Greene just kept telling me we were making progress and just to stay on the path.
In a matter of 6-8 weeks, I was back to 100% and now have a program I follow whenever I have a sore back and then the problems just don’t return. I’m surfing everyday and able to push myself with no worries because I know I’m in the best hands.
The shoulder joint is capable of tremendous mobility to assist in the essential activities of everyday life. It relies upon a group of muscles, known as the rotator cuff, to ensure its function for overhead and lifting activities.
Unfortunately, the rotator cuff is commonly associated with injury. Such injuries may occur from a simple fall onto the shoulder or even from the accumulation of simple lifting events over our lifetime.
The most common symptoms are pain, weakness, and motion loss. Symptoms may develop suddenly or in a gradual onset. Symptoms that persist beyond a two week period, without signs of relief, should be evaluated by an orthopaedic surgeon.