With the holidays behind us, we should all be looking forward to a happy and healthy 2017. One of the ways this can be done is by establishing a new workout routine. If this sounds familiar to you, I would encourage you in your endeavors, but one needs to approach this in a safe manner. From a general medical standpoint, if one has a historical issue that would potentially affect their ability to work on a regular basis, this should be discussed and evaluated by their primary care doctor prior to initiating the workout routine.
Once your routine is set up, it is important to maintain a healthy routine. Warm-up time and stretching are often overlooked and this can lead to unnecessary injuries. This time allows for increased blood flow and stretching of muscle and tendon units in a controlled fashion. Post-workout cool-down is also beneficial for maintaining a safe and beneficial workout routine.
Even with this type of approach, injuries can be encountered. I am often asked about workout-related injuries, and when they should be of concern. Having some post-workout soreness in most instances is healthy and harmless. However, if pain is affecting one’s normal daily routine activities after workout, this can be a sign of a more serious problem. Initial recommendation would be for a break from the normal workout routine. If pain persists or increases, evaluation may be necessary.
Most of the time, injuries associated with a regular workout routine are overuse in nature and should respond to rest. Additional treatment may include over-the-counter anti-inflammatories, icing, with gentle stretching. Sometimes these injuries will not resolve and if treated in this manner over the course of 2-3 weeks pain persists or is worsening, this should be evaluated in a more formal manner.
Wilson Regional Orthopedics is available Monday through Friday by appointments, with the option of walk-in service on an as-needed basis. Dr. Senicki or I will be happy to evaluate you and assist in getting back to your New Year’s goals.
Wilson Regional Orthopedics is located at 1700 Tarboro St. SW, Suite 205. To make an appointment, call 252-399-5304.
Dr. Lawrence Yenni is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon.