Don’t Ignore Your Injury
Sometimes it’s wiser to take a little time out than to miss out!
Many of us will put up with pain, try hard to ignore it and even ‘tough it out’ especially whilst training or participating in sporting events. But that isn’t always wise! Our brain is very good at sending messages converted into signs and symptoms to tell us to slow down or stop so we can heal and recover more quickly.
Appropriate treatment now will enhance your chances of a fast and full recovery and reduce the likelihood of injury recurrence.
We are all at risk of sustaining an injury just through normal daily activities such as work and leisure, but for those who participate in sport and train hard, the risk of injury increases. Musculoskeletal injuries such as overuse injuries, strains and sprains are very common, so when should we stop ignoring the signs and symptoms of injury?
Don’t ignore your injury if:
- Pain alters your ability to function.
- Inflammation of the affected area hasn’t reduced after 2-3 days.
- If the pain is worsening.
- You experience numbness/loss of sensation (does not have to be in affected area).
- The affected area becomes red and feels hot.
- There are open wounds or grazes.
- An old injury begins to hurt or ache.
- You are unable to bear weight on the affected area.
- Any physiological body function is affected.
- Feel dizzy/faint
Reasons for getting your injury assessed and treated:
- Sometimes pain is not directly related to the effected area, it may be caused by something else (referred pain).
- Inflammation can cause tissue damage resulting in long term injury or a chronic condition.
- Untreated injuries can cause a build-up of scar tissue which can adhere to bone or neighbouring tissue.
- Avoid further reduction of range of movement.
- Avoid developing compensatory movement patterns that can create further problems.
- Faster recovery.
- Prevention of further injury.
- Appropriate and effective rehabilitation.
Please note that if you have received a head injury, impact injury, fracture, dislocation or any severe injury then you should seek medical advice from your GP or consultant immediately.
Fit n Well specialise in the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries and conditions that have been sustained through sport, work or leisure.
We aim to return you to your optimal functional fitness regardless of your sporting abilities, whether you are a professional sports person, an amateur or someone less physically active.
If you would like to discuss your injury and make an appointment please contact Fit n Well on 07977 427644 or email us using the link Contact Fit n Well