Too many people will try and ignore recurring injuries, chronic pain, or nagging discomfort with the hope that it will “just go away.” Perhaps you’re guilty of the same.
But if you’re currently nursing a painful knee or a bad wrist for the umpteenth time, then it’s high time you did something about it. In this post, we’ll explore why you absolutely need physical therapy for recurring injuries, and why ignoring the problem should never be considered a viable option.
Why You Need Physical Therapy for Recurring Injuries?
It Might Be Worse Than You Think
The first thing to consider, is that the injury you’re currently ignoring might actually be worse than you think. If it keeps coming back, that suggests it isn’t healing properly, and that in turn means it might be more serious than you assumed.
What you think is just a twisted ankle for example could in fact be a fracture. What you think is a pulled muscle in your stomach might be a hernia!
Chronic pain can even be caused by serious issues – including cancer.
This is rare of course, and the aim of this article is not to frighten you. However, you can’t really be sure of what is ailing you until you seek the attention of a medical professional.
Another issue to consider is that a recurring injury can lead to muscle weakness. If you have an injured leg for instance, then you are likely to place slightly more weight on the other foot. Over time, this can then be enough to cause the muscles in the injured leg to atrophy.
Only by actively using the non-injured leg can you prevent this from happening – and your physiotherapist can tell you how to do that.
Corrective Movement Patterns
Linked to the previous issue is the problem of corrective movement patterns. What are these?
The example given just a moment ago was an illustration of a corrective movement pattern. Here, weakness in the one leg caused an imbalance in the other.
But this kind of corrective movement pattern can be much harder to spot and can continue for much longer than you might realize. For example, if you have weakness in your transverse abdominis caused by a recurring injury, then this can in turn cause overcompensation by the sternocleidomastoid muscle in the neck. That in turn can cause an awkward posture where the chin juts forward – it’s something that affects countless people! This makes future injury more likely and can lead to chronic pain caused by kyphosis (as just one example).
This can continue and worsen even once the original injury has healed. This is why it’s so important to look after yourself properly by receiving physical therapy for your recurring injuries. This way, you can prevent them from happening again, and you can ensure you heal fully.
Not only that, but you may be able to identify the issues that caused the injury to occur in the first place and prevent those too!
MultiCare Medical | Physical Therapy for Recurring Injuries Treatments Omaha & Papillon Nebraska
Your Shoulder Dislocation Physical Therapy plays a crucial role in your recovery. An individualized rehabilitation program at MultiCare Medical Group helps relieve pain, promote healing, and restores strength, motion, and balance. If you have any questions about rehabilitation, please call their office in Papillion, Nebraska at 402-505-7989, or schedule an appointment online for a rehab assessment.