By Lindsey Grossman
Article originally appeared in Thrive magazine
Autumn means pumpkin spice, vibrant foliage and a fresh season for favorite outdoor pastimes, but touchdowns and trail switchbacks can have their setbacks. At this time of year, Director of St. Mary’s Center for Physical Rehabilitation, Dawn Gilbert, PT, MSM, said that her team sees a lot of sports-related injuries, specifically ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injuries in young female soccer athletes, a variety of musculoskeletal football injuries and concussions. Whether you’re playing a sport for the first time, conditioning for the start of a new season or activity or tackling a tough hike to get a bird’s eye view of fall foliage, Gilbert’s tips for preventing injuries will help keep you safe and healthy this fall.
If you do get injured, St. Mary’s Center for Physical Rehabilitation can help. In most cases, patients are first evaluated by a primary care or specialty provider. With the provider’s evaluation and referral, the Rehab team is able to conduct an evaluation, assessing balance, looking at strength and range of motion, medical history and then work with the patient to devise a plan for rehabilitation and recovery.
To make an appointment with St. Mary’s Orthopedics, call 207.333.4710, or visit stmarysortho.com.