Injured & Don't Know What to do?
When you’ve been injured it doesn’t only affect your ability to participate in your chosen activity or sport, but when injuries persist they can impact your lifestyle and overall well-being.
Whether it be a recurrent ankle sprain, a sore back or a niggly hamstring affecting your performance, it can get you down after a while.
If you just ran the City 2 Surf or competed in a footy match over the weekend and walked away worse for wear, you’re going to want to get yourself sorted ASAP so you can get back on the road or the field.
So, what do you do?
When your symptoms have persisted for more than 3 days after the onset it may be time to see someone.
A Physiotherapist is well-placed to assess and diagnose any movement dysfunction which may be contributing to your specific injury.
Don’t wait until you really have trouble moving – getting a posture and movement assessment will provide with tips and techniques to improve your posture, strength and sports performance – and that can only help in the long run, even if your symptoms settle quickly.
If your injury is negatively impacting your ability to exercise, then STOP and get yourself checked out.
When you’re injured you want to avoid:
Pushing through the pain
Masking the pain with pain medications
Exercising with an injury without proper advice on modifying your activity
Just because you’re injured doesn’t mean you must stop everything – but you may want to get some advice on what you’re best off doing, to maximize your recovery.
When you come to see a Physiotherapist, getting rid of pain is a given, the end goals should always be to build a stronger body, refine your movement patterns and improve your performance to reduce your future risk of injury.