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.



JaNae StartI have dual credentials as an Athletic Trainer and Strength Coach (ATC/CSCS). Having more than 7 years experience as an AT has helped develop my solid foundation of both assessing and correction of functional movements as a CSCS. Combining the knowledge I have in both of these fields has made me a stronger clinician and programmer. The building blocks of all great athletes include the perfect balance of mobility and functional stability. The main goal as both an AT & a strength coach is to reduce injury rates and increase athletic performance. In my current role, I am able to do both; watching my athletes both overcome injuries and succeed through hard work.



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