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Nutrition for Recovery :Part 4 of 4

Cheryl SchwietersRemodeling Phase Day 21 to 2 years

In this installment we will be discussing the final phase of the healing process. Regarding soft tissue such as muscle, ligament and tendon, scarring has been created and is now changing over to a more solid structure. Though it will never be as strong, new fibers can heal to almost 80% its' original strength. Bone formation has happened and now is being converted from soft callus to hard.

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AlexSalinasThe internet contains an abundance of information about concussions.  This information ranges anywhere from educational and useful to sensationalized and misleading.  I am not writing this post to tell you about how to identify a concussion or what the signs and symptoms are.  The goal of today’s post is to provide some enlightenment on return-to-participation (RTP) protocols.  In my experience, there is less push back from parents, student-athletes, and coaches in the identification of concussions and more push back regarding the return date.  I believe this resistance is due in part to confusion given the number of changes and updates in policy over the past five years.

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CPR in the Community

Brian GilbertI have been working as a Physical Therapist in the Forest Hills area for 17 years now. I’ve seen a lot change over the years especially in the health care arena during this time. What I’ve come to appreciate during this is the consistency of our communities in which we serve. Here at The Center for Physical Rehabilitation we have worked alongside many schools and organizations to deepen our connections to the people we live with and work with. Many may not know that we have provided the Athletic Training services to all the Forest Hills Schools. We also do this for Byron Center schools, Catholic Central, and Cornerstone University.

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Phase 2: Proliferation: Days 4-21

This week's discussion is on the phase of proliferation. Hopefully, our swelling, pain and discomfort has begun to dissipate and things are becoming easier to accomplish. Inside our body the injury site has been creating a framework of new tissue and blood vessels. It is sweeping up debris from injury, removing damaged cells, breaking down blood clots, and removing lymph. There is a lot going on! And even though the person in question has been sidelined due to injury there is still a relatively high level of caloric needs. Depending on the severity of injury the basal metabolic rate(energy used to keep the body functioning at rest) can increase from 10 to 50 percent. Therefor, it is important for the healing process that appropriate calories are ingested to support those functions as well as healing.

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Phase 1 Inflammation: Days 1 – 7

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This week's topic is the inflammatory phase following injury. As stated last week, this is the immediate time following injury. Injury can be described as post surgical or traumatic. At this time the body is wounded and in its most painful stage of recovery. It is bleeding and forming clots, swelling to protect itself and is usually red, hot and painful. Remember WE NEED INFLAMMATION TO HEAL! If we try to eliminate inflammation too soon we can interrupt the healing cycle. Bone healing is slightly different than soft tissue healing yet still goes through and inflammatory process with bleeding at the site and inflammation of the surrounding tissues.

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Uncommon Injury and Treatment Process

Steve RetanHaving worked as an athletic trainer for the last 23 years, I have treated and rehabilitated countless injuries.  However there are times that athletes sustain injuries that I have not seen before.  One such injury occurred to a high school hockey player after colliding with an opponent during a game.  

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Cheryl SchwietersIn the world of physical therapy the main goal for patients is to get them healed as quickly as possible to return to normal life. Often, there are protocols to follow that initially require limited actions and restricted movement. Patients frequently ask, “Is there anything I can do to help speed up my recovery?” Feeding our bodies with appropriate nutrients and supplements is one way to assist the healing process. In the next four articles we will address the phases of injury as well as what foods and supplements that benefit each stage of recovery to aid the bodily process.

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