Common summer injuries include:

 
  • Bikingsummer surfer
  • Sports
  • Hiking 
  • Strains
  • Sprains
  • Overuse

Healing Stages


Stage 1: Inflammatory
  • This stage is less than 1 week, generally 0-72 hours. You may have swelling or redness. Elevate your injured area and let it rest during this stage. Only participate in gentle, pain-free motion.
  • Inflammation is normal, too little or too much will affect healing

Stage 2: Fibroplasia and proliferation
  • This stage begins 4-5 days after initial injury and can take 2-6 weeks. The injury begins to heal, you can engage in pain-free stretches and movement. Avoid rigorous or weighted activities with injured body part.   

Stage 3: Maturation and remodeling
  • This stage begins 30 days post-injury. Scar tissue is formed and the injured tissue begins to have increased strength. Now you can engage in strengthening activities, begin slowly and increase gradually.

Factors Influencing Healing

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Age
  • As we age the healing process slows down. Nutrition, alcohol use, tobacco use, and other medical conditions (i.e. diabetes) all influence healing rate.

Healing Timeline
  • Typical summertime injuries will heal within 4-8 weeks.
  • Healing means the cells have healed, it does not mean that the injured site is back to its original strength. This takes strengthening and time.
  • If the normal healing time has passed and you are still experiencing pain or discomfort, contact your physician regarding your injury.

Prevention
  • If you are feeling pain, that is your body telling you it is time to stop.
  • Don't overexert yourself, stick to what your body can handle. Pace yourself during activities.
  • Stay hydrated and eat a well-balanced diet Engage in proper warm ups and cool downs during active physical movement. Wear appropriate activewear, including helmets and shoes etc.

This information is regarding non-emergency injuries. If you have a serious injury, contact your physician or go to the ER immediately.