How To Avoid Injury This Fall Season

Injury prevention during the fall season is important. We are lucky to live in Sarasota Florida. We don’t get snowstorms here. However, with this fall season comes the seasonal chores (those leaves make big piles). At Back In Motion Sarasota Physical Therapy, we see an increase in the number of injuries associated with raking & yard work as the weather changes. The good news is, if you are reading this, there is an excellent chance you live in or around Sarasota Florida which means: NO SNOW to shovel. We have come to find out that most of these seasonal injuries can be prevented.

Injury prevention during the fall season is important. Here are some tips:

  • Save your lower back by lifting with the larger muscles of the legs. Avoid using the smaller muscles of the low back.
  • While you are raking leaves, use the power of your legs by pulling the rake to your body. You want to avoid bending & straining your lower back.
  • Do NOT twist & bend together. This is likely to cause injury.
  • When picking up large, heavy, or bulky items, bend your legs in a squat like fashion & then straighten them to lift. It is important to keep the object as close to your body as possible and avoid holding objects at arms length as it over stresses the spine.
  • Don’t forget to stretch your spine before, during and after activity. Avoid prolonged positioning.
  • Be sure to warm up and stretch before you perform strenuous activity in the cooler weather (especially if you live up North!).

Even If You Have Had Physical Therapy In The Past…

Even if you have had PT in the past, call us at (941)925-2700. Many of you who have co-pays, co-insurance or deductibles associated with your Physical Therapy treatment may not have a financial obligation. Often by this time of the year out of pocket maximums and deductible have been met. This translates into NO COST or little out of pocket in most cases. Our insurance experts can check your Physical Therapy benefits for you. If you have Medicare, you are allowed a certain amount of Physical Therapy each and every calender year. Many don’t know: If you don’t use it, you lose it. On January 1st, the amount allowed to you for Physical Therapy through Medicare automatically renews. Take advantage of using what is medically allowed.

Our revolutionary treatments don’t wear off like many traditional forms of Physical Therapy treatments such as heat, ice, electrical stimulation and ultrasound. If you don’t re-injure the area, your painful condition will NOT return. Be wary of other Physical Therapy clinics in and around Sarasota Florida who treat more than one client at a time or who put you on a machine and leave you to perform some other duty. While you are at Back In Motion Sarasota Physical Therapy, YOU are our TOP priority. We take pride in getting fast acting long lasting results. It’s what we do. Injury prevention during the fall season is important, let us help you.

Safety 1st! Don’t Risk Injury!!

Something as simple as raking leaves can contribute to severe neck pain & low back pain. As with any repetitive movement, you are placing yourself at risk for injury. Please remember to ease into seasonal work and play activities to decrease the risk of injury. Many fall seasonal yard work tasks may involve bending & twisting at the neck, mid back and low back. The twisting and bending of your spine is not necessary. Injury prevention during the fall season is important, here are some ways we can promote a happy and healthy ‘you’:

A. Body Work.

We will assess your body and perform an as needed ‘tune-up’. You tune-up your car and give your car regular maintenance…why not do the same for your body? You only have one body. Your PT at Back In Motion Sarasota Physical Therapy will assist you with an individualized assessment and find muscle imbalances which may make you more susceptible to hurting yourself as we get closer to the holidays. The last thing you need is to suffer through the holiday season.

B. Teach you the ideal way to warm up & get ready by stretching prior to activity.
C. Teach you how to: lift, pull, bend, etc. to promote injury prevention.

<h5?D. Teach you the best way to make your body strong and resistant to injury.

Back In Motion Sarasota Physical Therapy looks forward to seeing you to get your body ready for the fall season & the holiday season. Our team wants you to be safe and have a healthy holiday season. The best way to start preparing for it is to think ahead & be as active and safe as possible.

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About the Author Tim Burnell, PT

Tim Burnell is the Lead Physical Therapist at Back In Motion Sarasota. He has over two decades of clinical experience. He takes pride in getting to the root of the problem which helps get his clients better...Faster! He is a family man & enjoys spending time with the love of his life, Monique. He has 2 children & a dog named Annie. Tim's son, Andre' is 11 years old and his daughter Joliebelle (nicknamed Pooky) is 7 years old. He enjoys visiting his wife's side of the family in New Orleans and his side of the family in Vermont. Tim grew up in Vermont, went to Physical Therapy School in Alabama, got his first job at Tulane Hospital in New Orleans and moved to Sarasota Florida after Hurricane Katrina in 2006.

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