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Great Medical Practice: Premier Orthopaedics — How to Safely Return to Outdoor Exercise This Spring

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Springtime weather brings warmer temperatures, budding flowers, and more sunny hours. One of the hallmarks of spring is also the return of outdoor recreation—from running in the great outdoors to taking to the ball field. After months of cold winter days, many of us are eager to resume enjoying outdoor activities. Unfortunately, our bodies may not be quite as ready as our minds for this transition, and jumping right back into these activities often results in injuries.

“Our best advice is to build up to the sport or activity gradually,” said Adrienne Towsen, M.D., Sports Medicine surgeon at Premier Orthopaedics. “Using the off-season to work on flexibility and strength can help prepare your body for activities that are more strenuous.”

Weekend warriors are cautioned not to go overboard after months of being stuck indoors. Spring sports such as golf, tennis, softball, and baseball all require repetitive motions that lead to an increase in shoulder and elbow overuse injuries.

“It is not unusual to see an increase in injuries when the spring weather arrives,” said Todd Michener, M.D., a Sports Medicine surgeon at Premier. “Runner’s knee, Achilles tendinitis, shin splints, stress fractures—these are all overuse injuries that are common in runners. Simply switching from running on a treadmill to running outdoors on hard surfaces, or just doing too much, too soon, can lead to injuries.”

“Tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, rotator cuff tendonitis, and shoulder dislocations from contact sports are common springtime injuries,” added Dr. Towsen. “It is important to recognize injuries early so they can be diagnosed and treated promptly, before the condition becomes chronic and limits activity to a greater degree.”

Premier Orthopaedics Offers a  Full Spectrum of Services for Springtime Injuries

If you are experiencing knee pain, ankle swelling, or other discomfort after resuming your springtime activities, schedule an appointment for an evaluation. Premier Orthopaedics offers a full spectrum of services to address many common springtime injuries. The experienced Sports Medicine team at Premier Orthopaedics provides exceptional care and a variety of orthopaedic services, including; bone, muscle, and joint care; physical therapy; MRI; and urgent care.

For more information about our expertise and treatment options, visit or call 610-692-6280.


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