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Understanding Problems Caused by Weightlifting: Tips from an Osteopath Clinic

Weightlifting as a form of physical exercise is an excellent way to build strength and muscle mass, but it does not come without its risks. In our Osteopathic clinic, we’ve seen firsthand how improper weight lifting techniques and over-exertion can lead to a variety of problems for gym-goers. In this blog post, we’ll explore some common injuries in the shoulder, neck and back caused by weightlifting and offer tips on how to prevent and treat them.

SHOULDER INJURIES –

  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome

  • Biceps Tendonitis

  • Rotator cuff tendonitis

  • Sprains or strains occur from overstretching or partial tearing of a ligament in the shoulder or tendons

  • Partial or complete labrum tear

  • Weight Lifter Shoulder

  • Dislocated Shoulder

To prevent these shoulder injuries, we want to emphasise the importance of maintaining proper form while lifting suitable weights and avoid overloading the shoulder joint.

NECK AND BACK INJURIES –

  • Cervical Strain or Sprain

  • Cervical Disc Herniation

  • Thoracic Strain

  • Thoracic Disc Herniation

  • Lower Back Strain or Sprain

  • Lumbar Disc Herniation

  • Facet Joint Injury

Preventing neck and back injuries during weightlifting involves a combination of proper technique, adequate warm-up and cooldown routines, appropriate progression of weight and intensity, and attention to overall body mechanics and posture.

KNEE INJURIES –

  • Patellar Tendonitis

  • Patello-femoral Pain Syndrome

  • Meniscus Tears

  • ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) Injuries

  • MCL (Medial Collateral Ligament) Injuries

  • Patellar Dislocation or Subluxation

To prevent knee injuries during weightlifting, it’s essential to prioritise proper form, gradually increase weights, incorporate adequate warm-up and cool-down routines, and listen to your body.

In conclusion, while weightlifting can offer numerous benefits for overall health and fitness, it’s essential to be mindful of the potential risks, particularly when it comes to these common injuries. By following proper lifting techniques, incorporating appropriate warm-up and stretching exercises, and listening to your body’s signals, you can minimise your risk of experiencing issues while lifting weights at the gym. If you do experience pain or discomfort, don’t hesitate to consult an Osteopath or healthcare professional for personalised treatment and advice.

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