By Teresa Lindell, DPT, OSC
Everyone gets hurt whether they are male or female. Did you know though that men are more susceptible to certain types of injuries than women?
- Achilles tears: Men are three times more likely to tear this powerful tendon in the back of the leg. This is usually a result of playing sports and is most common in men in their 30s and 40s. This is often repaired surgically and takes several months to return to sports.
- Finger and Hand fractures: Men are also more likely to sustain fractures of the hand and fingers, usually due to a fight with yard or work equipment, or commonly in a fight with another person or wall when angry. The best way to prevent these types of injuries is to obviously avoid the cause of the situation.
- Muscle tears: While women tend to have more problems with bone injury, men’s muscles and tendons tend to tear more under stress. This typically has to do with sport and recreation activities as well
- Pelvic health: While men and women both have problems with pelvic pain at times, it can occur specifically in men after treatment for prostate cancer. Many men don’t realize that a physical therapist who specializes in pelvic floor rehab can make a really positive change for this population.
Physical therapy can help to prevent and treat many of these conditions and return men to their full participation in work, life, and sports.