Injury Transition: Returning to activity

We all have aches and pains that we deal with on a regular basis but sometimes we just can't seem to shake an injury on our own.  

What are some signs that you should seek treatment now rather than wait?

  • Pain that doesn't subside within a few hours after activity
  • Sharp pain
  • Persistent pain that worsens with activity
  • Pain that wakes you at night or prevents you from falling asleep
  • Pain that is consistently in the same location either at rest or with activity
  • Pain that has been ongoing for > 1 week and is not improving

So what can Physical Therapy treatment do?  Among other things, PT will:

  • Identify contributing factors that are causing or worsening your injury & come up with solutions to correct them
  • Provide pain management and relief
  • Restore movement and strength
  • Return to activity in a safe manner
  • Empower you as an individual to make lasting changes to prevent injury recurrence 

When transitioning back to activity following an injury, here are some key points:

  • One of the biggest goals of PT is to restore normal motion without compensation, until this happens you may be placing yourself at risk of worsening your injury

  • The "no pain no gain" mentality doesn't work with an injury.  Muscle soreness is normal as you resume activity but an increase in pain is neither an expected or desired outcome. See:  Soreness vs Pain: What's the Difference?

  • Go slow!  By slowly resuming activity you are less likely to experience injury.

Here at Jade Integrated Health, we use a multidisciplinary approach to help patients recover from injury.  If you're wondering if we can help you, give us a call for a free 30 minute consult!

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Melissa has over 12 years of experience in the outpatient orthopedic setting combined with a strong manual therapy background. 

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