I came across this post on Facebook (credit @WeirdPeopleRock) and thought about the changes in conditions I see as age increases in patients. It is true that a lot of injuries for teenagers and even young adults are due to physical activities. These injuries tend to resolve more quickly because of numerous factors including the injuries themselves being acute as opposed to chronic or overuse, the condition of the individual, the daily requirements of the individual, and the drive for more physical activity. Adults tend to have jobs and responsibilities (daily requirements) that are sedentary which results in physical detraining, which makes one more likely to become injured. Because of the sedentary activity and physical detraining, the the body is less capable of dealing with the injury. The injury causes many to avoid physical activity and stick with sedentary activity... creating a negative cycle.
It is always advisable to seek professional care for injuries. One of the reasons for this is because you want to break that negative cycle but do it safely. One of the comments under the facebook post was how come no one told me I could get hurt from sitting? Let me be clear, you can get hurt from sitting! This is called a musculoskeletal disorder which includes repetitive strain injuries, cumulative trauma disorder, occupational overuse syndrome, sprains, strains, and musculoskeletal injuries. Remember, exerting a force (even at very low levels) for a sustained period without a break can lead to pain, discomfort, and injured tissues. This is where the adult injuries in the facebook image stem from. The hashtags that I use #GetMoving and #ExerciseIsMedicine are true but the focus needs to be on the correct exercises, movements, and activities to help you muscles, joints, discs, and ligaments heal. The secondary focus is to shift away from sedentary activity and the physical detraining that results so that your body can better handle the forces it has to sustain during those daily requirements.
If you are experiencing low back pain, neck pain, nerve impingement, shoulder pain, foot pain, or any other muscle, ligament, or joint pain, I recommend you seek the services of a health professional near you to help recover from and prevent further injuries. At Haptic Health and Chiropractic we offer manual therapy, exercise therapy, acupuncture, and custom orthotics for overuse conditions such as these. If you have any questions of how we can help, give Dr. Judith McCann a call at 905-235-6777.
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Dr. Judith McCann has been living in York Region for over 15 years. After going to Queen's University in Kingston for Kinesiology, and Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto to become a chiropractor, she decided to move back and open Haptic Health and Chiropractic in Newmarket. In February 2017, Haptic Health and Chiropractic moved 10 minutes up the road to Sharon in East Gwillimbury.