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We’ve all been “that guy”…don’t be the stubborn South Lake Tahoe athlete

You’re out hiking and turn an ankle, trip while running on the trail and sprain a wrist catching your fall, or have an early season crash while out mountain biking and really bang that knee. I think we’ve all been there, haven’t we?

The little injuries that happen while you’re out and about doing your thing in beautiful South Lake Tahoe, this place we call home. You’re still in one piece, don’t really need an x-ray or major medical intervention, but it’s that little nagging injury that’s not quite going away. I’ve been there. You want to keep going, you don’t want someone to tell you to sit on the sidelines to heal, and you just want to push through.

The tricky thing about these types of injuries is that even a lower level of pain changes how your muscles fire, how your joints function, and how you move, which means you are compensating. Compensations for little injuries mean you’re getting into unhealthy movement patterns. If you never clean up these faulty movement patterns, they increase your risk for bigger injuries down the line. This is a big reason why when you’re younger you can more easily get away with ignoring the little injuries, but they can catch up with you when you’re older.

So why not take care of the little things before they have a chance to turn into bigger things? Physical therapy is all about movement and function. When it’s a minor injury, seeing an expert can help you to restore normal muscle and joint function and correct your movement patterns to make sure you stay at your best when you are out doing all your activities.

Jessica Monaloy is a physical therapist in Meyers. She can be reached at 530-721-3253 or Jessica@meyersphysicaltherapy.com. Visit her website at http://www.meyersphysicaltherapy.com.

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