June is Men’s Health Month! This health education program is celebrated across the country to heighten awareness of health issues and early detection among men and boys.
Men’s orthopaedic health
When it comes to orthopaedic health, there are some conditions that are more common in men than women. This is primarily due to physical and hormonal differences.
Men, in general, are at higher risk of the following:
- Soft tissue injuries
Lack of stretching, not having enough rest time between workouts or intense activity, and contact sports are some of the factors that make men more prone to soft tissue injuries.
- Finger fractures
Men who are more likely to use power tools and/or active in sports are more prone to finger fractures.
- Bicep tendon ruptures
Resulting from heavy lifting and repetitive motions, men more commonly experience bicep tendon ruptures that may result in sudden pain and weakness.
- Achilles tears
In general, men are more likely to experience tears in the Achilles. Sudden stress or involvement in sports activities, especially ones that involve a lot of jumping, can make one more prone to this kind of tear.
How men can prevent these injuries
Many of these injuries are brought about by lack of preparation before and after intense activity.
Before you start any activity, it’s important to do some warm-up exercises to prepare your body. Warming up slowly prepares your cardiovascular system and increases blood flow to your muscles. Warming up before any intense activity helps reduce muscle soreness and your chances of injury.
Additionally, it is important to remember to stretch both your arms and legs prior to beginning any activity that stresses your muscles or joints. This will help sudden increases in tension resulting in injury.
Just as you warm up before a workout, it’s also important to do a cool down after. Cooling down allows gradual recovery of your body to its pre-exercise state. This is very important, especially for competitive endurance athletes.
If you haven’t been exercising or participating in sports for a while, you may want to take it slow and easy at first. Know your limits and take breaks if you need to.
If you’re experiencing unusual pain or discomfort, don’t hesitate to see a specialist. South Florida Orthopedics & Sports Medicine has well-experienced specialists and offers state-of-the-art orthopaedic care services. For appointment requests, you may call us at (772) 288-2400 or visit this link.