Men’s Health Month is here, and during this time, Advance Physical Therapy would like to encourage our male patients to seek early treatment for injuries or conditions and make healthier lifestyle choices. This month is the perfect time to jumpstart your wellness journey and increase awareness of the injuries and health issues that affect men. Continue reading to discover some of the most common injuries men experience!
Common Injuries for Men
While most injuries are not isolated to one gender, men are more prone to certain orthopedic and sports injuries. Certain lifestyle choices and behaviors influence men’s injury risk. Being aware of the common injuries that affect men can help you understand them better and may help you prevent them and know how to treat them. Here are some of the most common injuries our team at Advance Physical Therapy frequently sees in male patients:
- Rotator Cuff Injuries – The rotator cuff comprises four tendons that attach the shoulder blades and ribs to the upper arm bones. The rotator cuff allows your shoulders to rotate in their sockets. If you push the tendons beyond their normal range of motion, the friction between the tendons and ligaments can lead to impingement.
- Soft Tissue Injuries – Soft tissue injuries are common in men working in physically demanding jobs, where movement is a central aspect of their daily routines. Soft tissue injuries can result from an acute injury but often result from overuse.
- Upper Extremity Fractures – Handymen and athletes are more susceptible to hand and wrist fractures. You use your hands so frequently throughout the day that even slight pain can be debilitating. Contact sports and physically demanding jobs can increase the risk for upper extremity fractures.
It’s essential to use preventative measures when participating in any physically demanding activity. Our team at Advance Physical Therapy can evaluate your body mechanics and help you find the best exercises to prevent debilitating pain and injuries. If you become injured, our team will craft a personalized therapy program to restore optimal health, strength, and mobility.
Take advantage of Men’s Health Month this June and start putting yourself first. Our team at Advance Physical Therapy is here to help you prevent injuries and incorporate lifestyle changes that promote long-term health and wellness! Be sure to contact us today to learn more and request an appointment!