During the holidays, we’re looking forward to spending time with family, traveling, and attending events; our lives tend to be a bit more hectic. With all of the extra festivities and travel, injuries often coincide. 

Tip #1 

When traveling for long distances, whether by car, plane, or other means, we can become somewhat cramped up in small spaces. It’s wise to take breaks, get up and stretch or move and to get the muscles moving and the blood circulating to prevent injuries. Moving throughout the trip can help limit stress on the spine, shoulders, neck, back, and hips.

Tip #2 

Slips and falls are more common this time of year. Be careful and use extra caution if it’s snowing or if there is ice on the ground, steps, and pavement. When you enter a building or your home, make sure you get the majority of wet snow off of your shoes to avoid slipping as well.

Tip #3 

It’s also essential to think about the heavy luggage or large gifts that you’ll need to lift in and out of the car or place in the overhead bin. Is it too heavy? Do you know how to lift it correctly? Lifting from the waist is not a good idea as it can put extreme stress on your back. Bending your legs is the proper way to lift heavier objects. Try to pack as lightly as possible and ask for help if you’ve got several bags.

Tip #4 

For exercise and sports enthusiasts, the winter months can be refreshing, but with the frigid temperatures, muscles can cramp and tear more easily. It’s best to exercise outside only when your body is warmed up correctly, and it’s imperative to wear the proper attire to keep warm. Exercising indoors is best as it can help to alleviate some of these injuries. 

Tip #5

Be proactive—get PT if you’ve injured yourself, or if you are suffering from a chronic issue. If you’ve developed a backache, sore shoulder, knee pain, or a sprained ankle or other musculoskeletal disorders, physical therapy can help significantly. Perhaps you’re having trouble regaining strength after surgery or hospitalization. Or you’re working to regain abilities lost due to a stroke or a workplace injury. ApexNetwork Physical Therapy can be the solution to getting you back to doing the things you love.

Services provided at ApexNetwork PT:

  • Generalized and specific orthopedic rehabilitation
  • Neck and back pain
  • Upper and lower extremity injuries
  • Physical therapy and sports rehabilitation
  • Industrial rehabilitation
  • Post-rehabilitation exercise and wellness programs

Did you know you DON’T Need a Referral for ApexNetwork PT?

Kentucky is a “direct access” state, meaning patients can schedule physical therapy without having to see a doctor first. That’s important, especially in rural areas, because even access to primary care can be limited, leading to delays in treatment, higher costs, decreased functional outcomes, and patient frustration.

ApexNetwork Physical Therapy welcomes referrals from physicians and works hard to foster collaborative relationships with all referring providers: primary care, orthopedic and sports medicine, physical medicine physicians, and even OB/GYNs.

With more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry, ApexNetwork Physical Therapy® has become a leading resource for outpatient physical therapy. We are a privately-owned, full-service physical therapy provider. Always delivering on our promise of an experience that is unmatched, our programs are all designed to help you heal as quickly and as safely as possible. At ApexNetwork Physical Therapy®, we place a strong emphasis on patient education as well as hiring the most talented and committed medical professionals in the field.

We believe that our commitment in doing so has been the reason for our lasting success and becoming a provider of choice for long-term healing. Our philosophy is quite simple –to be the best in rehabilitation!