Its summertime!! Now that everyone is outside being more active, it’s time to be careful when beginning new endeavors. When you begin to walk, run or jog for exercise, make sure you stretch to loosen up those muscles you haven’t used in a while. Rest days are also important for your body to recover from the previous days’ activities. Also, listen to your body.
If you feel any aches or pains that don’t ease up after the usual 2-3 days after you participate in any new activities, you might have pushed too far initially. Back off and put some ice on for 20 minutes, 3 to 4 times per day. If it goes away on its own, ease back into that activity. If it continues, it might be time to see someone about it.
Physical Therapists are excellent at identifying muscle and joint issues caused by repetitive activities. They can help you return to your pain-free lifestyle with helpful tips and advice to keep you pain-free for years to come.
Dr. Stephen Peaden, PT, DPT