Why prevention is better than cure - IFC Physiotherapy Singapore

As an active individual, getting injured is rubbish. Sprains, strains, tendonitis, and even broken bones are all consequences of living an active and athletic lifestyle. Fortunately, with the right knowledge and preparation, the risk of getting injured can be diminished or even eliminated. 

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Sports-related acute and chronic injuries are a global issue. According to The Centers for Disease Control’s National Center for Injury Prevention, more than 10,000 people are treated in emergency departments in the US for sports-related injuries every day.

The impact of these unintended injuries can be very serious. Individuals can be forced into months of inactivity resulting in deconditioning, weight gain, loss of motivation, hefty medical bills and even varying degrees of depression. Fortunately functional movement screenings followed up with personalized preventative training plans can help.

When it comes to keeping athletes and active individuals going, the age old phrase “prevention is better than cure” rings very true.

There are two main types of injuries: traumatic and cumulative. Traumatic injuries are those that happen in sport or daily life, for example going over on your ankle when running or tearing a muscle/ligament while playing sports.

Cumulative injuries on the other hand relate to tissue damage that occurs over time as a result of repetitive strain. These injuries tend to creep up and may be a function of poor posture, faulty movement patterns, or improper training.

 Improper or inadequate rehabilitation of traumatic and cumulative injuries only exacerbates the problem.  

 How can IFC help to prevent this?

Movement analysis:

Think of this like a full body MOT. Our therapists will closely examine your movement patterns, especially those specific to the sports/activities you participate in. This will help us to identify potential problem areas. Bad habits, specific imbalances and posture issues are the major causes of inefficient movement patterns.

 Personalised injury prevention training program:

Based on our findings of the above, we create an individual exercise program to  help address any weakness/imbalances. This program is usually supervised by your therapist to start with, mainly to ensure correct form and muscle activation. This also means we can progress as your body needs. In some cases, we recommend that these sessions are paired with sports massage, which helps release tight muscle groups and further improve the quality of your movement.

 Benefits and subsequent changes we expect clients to see are:

  •  Improved movement efficiency - more muscles doing their job!
  • Lighter and quicker movement, with less impact on joints
  • More efficient absorption of impact - thus allowing the next movement to be performed better and quicker with less potential damage to weight bearing joints
  • Reversal of bad habits built up over the years
  • Lower risk of injury

Annie Henderson