Title: The Importance of Proper Exercise and Non-Surgical Treatments for Musculoskeletal Health
An Increasing Focus on Exercise for Health
With growing awareness of the benefits of exercise for maintaining good health, more and more individuals are incorporating physical activity into their daily routines. According to the National Sports and Sports Survey 2022, published by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in January, the participation rate in sports for daily life last year saw a slight increase of 0.4% compared to the previous year, reaching 61.2% (from the previous rate of 60.8%). This figure is notably higher than a decade ago when the participation rate stood at 43.2% in 2012.
The Need to Exercise with Caution
While exercise is undeniably beneficial for health, it is important to approach it with caution. Failure to adequately stretch or overexerting one’s muscles can lead to musculoskeletal disorders and chronic pain. Therefore, it becomes crucial to warm up properly before engaging in physical activity and to adjust the exercise intensity accordingly.
Managing Musculoskeletal Injuries through Non-Surgical Treatments
Musculoskeletal injuries can range from minor bruises to sprains, cuts, tendon, ligament, and even muscle tears, frequently occurring during exercise. When the extent of the damage is not severe, non-surgical treatment options such as manual therapy, extracorporeal shock wave therapy, or ligament strengthening injections can be highly effective.
Manual Therapy for Pain Relief and Restoration
Manual therapy, a conservative non-surgical treatment approach, involves skillful therapists addressing pain and readjusting bodily imbalances directly. This therapy can help improve mobility, alleviate muscle spasms, relieve pain, and prevent possible recurrences, all without the need for medication or invasive procedures.
Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy for Tissue Regeneration
Extracorporeal shock wave therapy utilizes intense shock wave energy to stimulate damaged joints and ligaments, thereby reducing inflammation and promoting tissue regeneration. This treatment can remodel blood vessels, stimulate tendon growth, and alleviate pain. It is applicable to various joints, including the neck, shoulder, waist, hips, and feet. It is crucial to keep in mind that temporary worsening of pain may occur as a possible side effect for some individuals, highlighting the importance of exercising caution.
Ligament Strengthening Injections for Enhanced Healing
Ligament strengthening injection treatment encourages cell and tissue proliferation by injecting regenerative substances into damaged ligaments, tendons, and cartilage. This approach can be applied to different areas, such as shoulder joints, elbow joints, wrist joints, knees, ankles, and chronic joint pain. Notably, this treatment option involves minimal concerns regarding side effects or complications, making it suitable for elderly individuals or those with underlying or chronic diseases.
Promoting Musculoskeletal Health through Good Posture and Regular Stretching
In order to prevent musculoskeletal damage, prioritizing good posture and incorporating stretching exercises into one’s routine becomes crucial. When seeking non-surgical treatment options like manual therapy, it is essential to choose medical professionals with extensive anatomical knowledge and clinical experience, as the effectiveness of such treatments can vary significantly based on the competence of the healthcare provider.
(Written by Cheon Ho-dong, Director of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine)
Cheon Ho-dong Director of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine Orange Choi Woo-young
More and more people are exercising to take care of their health and keep themselves healthy. According to the National Sports and Sports Survey 2022 published by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in January, the participation rate in sports for daily life last year was 61.2%, an increase of 0.4% from the previous year (60.8% ). Compared to 2012 (43.2%) 10 years ago, this is a significant increase.
It is true that exercise is beneficial for health, but if you exercise without enough stretching or exercise excessive muscle strength, you should be careful as it can lead to musculoskeletal disorders and chronic pain. Therefore, it is necessary to warm up before exercise and adjust the intensity of the exercise.
Musculoskeletal injuries that often occur during exercise are very varied, from simple bruises to sprains and cuts, tendon, ligament, and muscle tears. If the extent of the damage is not severe, it is possible to recover adequately with non-surgical treatment such as manual therapy, extracorporeal shock wave therapy, or a ligament strengthening injection.
Manual therapy is a conservative non-surgical treatment where a skilled therapist directly relieves pain and corrects distorted body shape. It can improve joint range of motion, treat muscle spasm, relieve pain and prevent recurrence without drugs or surgery.
In addition, extracorporeal shock wave therapy delivers intense shock wave energy to damaged joints and ligaments to remove inflammation and regenerate tissues. It helps to remodel blood vessels while stimulating and activating tendons and surrounding tissues to reduce pain. It can treat musculoskeletal pain by applying it to most joints, from the neck to the shoulder, waist, hip and feet. However, depending on the individual, side effects such as temporary worsening of pain after extracorporeal shock wave therapy may occur, so caution should be exercised.
Ligament strengthening injection treatment is a treatment that induces cells and tissues to proliferate by injecting regenerative substances that stimulate cell proliferation and regeneration into tissues such as damaged ligaments, tendons, tendons and cartilage. In addition to the cervical spine and spine, injection treatment can be applied to various areas such as shoulder joints, elbow joints, wrist joints, degenerative joints, knee joints, chronic joint pain, ankle sprains, and ankle joints. In addition, there is little concern about side effects or complications, so it can be applied to the elderly or those with underlying or chronic diseases.
It is vital to prevent musculoskeletal damage by maintaining good posture and stretching often. Non-surgical treatment, including manual therapy, should find medical staff with extensive anatomical knowledge and clinical experience as the effect varies greatly depending on the competence of the medical staff.
(Writing: Orange Director of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine Choi Woo-young)
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