Why Am I Always Getting Injured?

Perhaps it’s a sprained ankle, a knee or shoulder injury, tendinitis, muscle strain or a dislocated joint. It’s normal to experience those once in a while, especially if you’re active in sports or at the gym. However, if the injuries are too frequent or you can’t exercise as much as you want to, maybe it’s time to dig deeper instead of pushing further.

Why am I always getting injured?

A common reason is you might be pushing yourself too much or you’re trying to do too much in a short amount of time. You might have an inspiring fitness goal such as losing 10 kg in 2 months or having the ability to run a marathon next year. The tendency then is to rush everything so you can achieve your goal on time.

It’s always good to challenge yourself. However, the human body likes it slow and gradual. It’s true that our bodies are built to endure and recover. And it’s also true that recovery takes time and that adjusting to a new active lifestyle is a long muscular and biochemical process.

Aside from the rush, another common reason for the constant injuries is that you’re in the wrong form in some of your exercising routines. Your form and posture might be suboptimal which is why some of your muscles and joints are bearing too much weight and force. For instance, it’s important to keep your head straight while running (look 30 metres straight ahead). This way your neck and shoulders remain relaxed and you avoid unnecessary tension. For you to better absorb the impact from landing on hard surfaces, it’s also important to land with the knee slightly bent.

For optimal performance, biomechanics is an important field especially to those in competitive sports. For everyday people and those who want to stay physically fit, biomechanics is still important because it can help you get into an optimal form that minimises tension and prevents injuries.

Apart from biomechanics, a familiarity of the benefits and usefulness of physiotherapy could also help. It’s especially the case when you’re in the process of recovery from an injury. If the injury or pain is frequent or persistent, it’s crucial to figure out the root cause before it gets any worse. For example, a mild shoulder pain or mild wrist discomfort (that’s persistent and causes you worry) might be due to a damaged or overstretched muscles and joints. A single awkward movement such as when you slipped (and you have to hold on to something to avoid hitting the floor) could put a tremendous amount of weight and stress to your shoulders or wrists. The pain and damage may require surgery or lengthy amounts of therapy.

Don’t wait for that to happen. Here at Peak Health Services, our ultimate goal is to help you reach your optimal performance and condition through physiotherapy. We will pinpoint the exact cause of your injury and design a personalised treatment according to your specific condition and requirements. The injury you keep experiencing will be dealt with directly and its occurrence will be minimised so that you can exercise more and remain physically active.