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.



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

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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.  



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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