Dr. Evan Ekman Offers Some Tips on how to Get Back to the Gym after Suffering an Injury
Almost every fit person has suffered a fitness-related injury at some point in their lives, but many people do not know the basics of getting back to the gym while avoiding re-injury. Dr. Evan Ekman, world-renowned orthopaedic surgeon, sports medicine expert and member of the Gold’s Gym Fitness Institute, shares his tips for how to plan a safe workout while healing from an injury.
“Every injury, like every person, is unique,” said Dr. Ekman. “Further, every patient’s response to injury is unique.” Dr. Ekman encourages anyone with an injury to consult a doctor and avoid comparing one’s own healing routine to others. A doctor can setup an appropriate healing schedule for an individual based on the injury and the person’s medical history.
There are some helpful tips to decipher between a muscle injury and a joint injury. If the pain comes on suddenly, is located in or near a joint, is accompanied by swelling and the person heard a pop, this is probably a joint injury and the person should consult a doctor immediately. If the pain is away from the joint and there is little to no swelling, it is probably a muscle injury. Dr. Ekman recommends rest, ice, compression and elevation to heal a muscle injury.
The human body reacts negatively to injury. It is no surprise then that muscles surrounding an injured joint tend to shut down. Because of pain and inflammation, people tend to avoid using the muscles around an injured joint and subsequently weakness and atrophy can occur. By diving right back into an intense workout routine, further injury can occur due to the weakened muscles. To avoid re-injury, it is critical to rest and gradually build back into a normal routine. A personal trainer can also provide tips in exercise technique modification to help avoid re-injury.
“In my practice, experienced personal trainers serve as an excellent bridge back to a patient’s independent fitness program,” said Dr. Ekman. “By working with a personal trainer, the patient is given the confidence that they are doing the right thing and the doctor can be assured that they are on their way to great health.”GO BACK