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With quarantine restrictions loosening and gyms re-opening, Adam Bennett, MD, sports medicine physician with the NorthShore Orthopaedic & Spine Institute says he’s seen a marked increase in patients with neck and back injuries since sheltering at home began. Why? Many people got used to working from home, and during this time, got used to less activity and not working out like they used to. Possibly they were working in an environment that lacked an ergonomically-friendly setup. He's also noticed that people are adding in intermittent workouts without proper equipment or trainer oversight – he says that’s a recipe for injury.
Bennett serves as a team physician for the Chicago Bears and U.S. Soccer, and he knows a thing or two about getting back in shape after a long period of rest. Here, he offers some tips for those who are getting back into action after leaving quarantine, which were also featured in the Daily Herald.