It’s always great to watch the progress of a patient who is following their treatment plan to a tee. From the initial reduction in pain, to muscular strengthening, right through to a full return to your favourite activity, there’s no doubt that following your treatment plan can work to help you get back to doing what you love most pain-free.
It’s very common to think that once the pain of your initial injury is solved and you’re back moving as you were, life can go on as if it the dreaded injury never happened.
But there is much more to pain management than just making the initial pain go away.
The everyday enemy – range of movement!
Did you know that even if an injury feels resolved, the effects of it may still remain leading to an increased risk of injury? More often than not, we see patients come back into Beyond for treatment on all-to-familiar injuries because they’ve returned to their chosen sport without addressing key biomechanical (structure and movement) limitations before doing so.
If an underlying issue still exists at the start of training, the increased chance of injury is high, even in the absence of previous injury. For example, someone with an ankle sprain that returns back to sport before returning to their full range of motion at the ankle joint are around 2.5 times more likely to experience further ankle sprains, achilles tendonitis or even stress fractures of the foot or tibia (bone in your shin).
Discrepancies at the start of recovery can negatively affect progression in performance further down the track, even if recovery appears to be going well, making them even more likely to get re-injured. There is nothing more frustrating that working hard on your recovery only to be sidelined with re-aggravating pain.
While it’s not every day you test out your range of movement skills in a clinical environment, this can be one very important way you can work with your Beyond Osteo as it will help review any limitations that work against even the most diligently followed treatment plan.
Movement Assessment Therapy as a way to prevent re-injury
Movement Assessment Therapy (MAT) is the objective study of people’s range of movement and is used to help identify trouble spots in your everyday biomechanics (movement patterns) that can indicate how likely you might be to reinjure.
MAT studies have shown that patients who presented with ankle dorsiflexion less than 34 degrees, where the average ankle dorsiflexion in the weight bearing lunge test was 45 degrees, were 2.5 times more likely to suffer from ankle sprains, stress fractures of the foot or tibia, tibial periostitis, anterior compartment syndrome and Achilles tendonitis after treatment. (Pope et al 1998).
Another study by Hughes showed that patients with limited dorsiflexion were a whole 4.6 times more likely to suffer from a metatarsal stress fracture than those with a fuller range of motion.
MAT has been clinically proven to predict likelihood of re-injury and is a great tool used by Beyond Osteos. It helps to identify and treat these underlying tell-tale indicators before they have a chance to impact on your activity.
It won’t happen overnight… actually, it could.
MAT involves your Osteo taking you through a number of easy exercises that help identify gaps in your range of motion. From dorsiflexion to comparing the depth of your lunges on each leg, your Osteo will be able to work with you on the right exercises to extend, strengthen and build the muscle groups that work against your recovery.
Working with your Beyond Osteo and incorporating MAT into your treatment plan can quickly, easily and immediately identify problem hot spots for which your practitioner can provide a solution.
Treatment and exercises to address these restrictions can be implemented immediately and reduce the likelihood of these injuries occurring, help you to confidently and return to doing the things you love and MOVE THROUGH LIFE!