At Texas Orthopedics, we love yoga for our patients–except for when we see injuries that can be avoided.
A new report from the Consumer Products Safety Commission reveals that a shocking 23,873 people were treated for severe yoga-injuries in 2016.
While yoga is excellent for for building strength and flexibility in muscles and joints–and easing chronic pain associated with some medical conditions such as arthritis–it can cause damage if not performed properly.
Incorrect yoga technique can lead to serious muscles strains, tendonitis, and a painful “overstretching” of most typically the neck, shoulders, spine, and legs.
Here are five tips from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) to prevent yoga-related injuries:
- Practice with an experienced yoga instructor and discuss all past injuries before attempting any poses, then have them demonstrate modified poses if needed.
- Warm up before a session as you would with any sport. Light stretching or brief cardio and deep breaths before going into the deeper positions will help prime your muscles.
- As for assistance if you are unsure of how to perform a pose. If something doesn’t feel right, don’t do it.
- Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing that does not restrict movement.
- Stay well-hydrated throughout your yoga session, especially if practicing any form of “hot” yoga.
If you feel any pain that lasts for several days after your yoga workout, take a break and allow your muscles to rest and recoup. For any sharp or intense pain, please contact us for an appointment with one of our specialists.
(Courtesy of AAOS)
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