Rest Not Always the Answer to Injury

5:35 PM, Oct 31, 2018
9:37 AM, Jun 12, 2019

For many Americans who attempt to exercise, there are aches and pains that usually come with it.

But for some, these aches and pains can stem from injury or surgery in the past.

While some may think that rest is the key to helping stem the pain that stems from physical activity, the truth is actually quite the opposite.

“Just resting and then going back to the activity that causes pain does not correct anything,” said Mandy Alaniz,  a physical therapist at Driscoll Children’s Hospital.

Rather, the key for the body’s recovery is building muscles that help the foundation of the body, mainly the body’s core.

“You want strong abs, strong glutes to be able to protect those knees or those ankles to give them a strong foundation,” Alaniz said.

Adapting to change as one’s body changes and matures, is also important.

“Modify the exercise,” physical therapist Dan Shea said. “If the person cannot run anymore, then you need to try swimming.”

Both physical therapists recommend at least 30 minutes of exercise each day.

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