Being physically active can be both therapeutic and essential to your overall health and state of mind. If you are a runner, cyclist, triathlete, or just enjoying staying active, it’s important to train and exercise effectively to help prevent injuries. For many people, injury is inevitable and with some rest and rehab you’ll be back on the road in no time. However, some injuries are more persistent, such as nagging pain in your left glute muscle or the ache in your right knee. How do you know when your injury needs a physical therapist? Continue reading to learn more about commons signs and symptoms to help you determine if you may need Physical Therapy Rehabilitation for your injury.
Pain Lingers After Three or Four Days Of Resting & Icing
At the onset of any ache or pain, the best treatment plan is to take a few days off from the sport that brought on the injury and spend 20 minutes several times a day icing the affected area. Take some time off and get back into your sport and see if your symptoms have gone away or if they’re still occurring. If you have taken several days of rest and the pain continues, it is time to see a Physical Therapist.
Reoccurring Dull Pain
Pain most often subsides with rest and icing. But with more serious injuries, symptoms will repeatedly come back and linger until the underlying injury has been properly diagnosed and addressed.
A Traumatic Event
Some injuries such as muscle tears and broken bones are easy to spot since they can be associated with one traumatic event. If you ever rolled your ankle while playing basketball, tennis, or landed wrong while on your shoulder playing football and experienced swelling and discomfort after the injury, see your doctor or your rehabilitation professional.
Medicine Doesn’t Help The Pain
Many endurance athletes tend to deal with aches and pains on a frequent basis as a result of over-training or having the conditioning below the demands of their sport. However, during your training, if the over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and pain-relief drugs aren’t offering any reprieve, seek your advice from your medical professional.
Sharp And Acute Pain
Lingering and dull pain can be often treated with plenty of rest and ice. In the event the pain is sharp and centralized, this can be an indication of a more serious injury such as a muscle pull or stress fracture. The sooner you get your injury treated increases your chances of a speedy and less painful recovery.
Starting A Training Program
At the start of any exercise regimen or sports training program, it would be a wise decision to seek a physical screening from your medical professional to assess if there are any limitations to your joint mobility, weakness or specific movement patterns.
Noticeable And Visible Changes
You know your body better than anyone and with the more experience in practicing the sport you become more in tune with your body. At the end of the day or during your next training session, if you notice one of your wrists are swollen, or if have experienced decreased range of motion as you try to lift your arm, try to get it checked out . This can help prevent the injury to get worse or cause another injury if you don’t find a Physical Therapist to screen and assess the injury.
Diagnosed With Neurological Disorder Or Disease
Did you know there are over 600 neurological diseases? They can make an impact your moving, speaking, swallowing, breathing, learning and can adversely affect your memory, senses and mood. Disorders such as Parkinson’s, Huntington’s disease, Multiple sclerosis (MS) and even arthritis can make your daily functionality difficult. Ask your doctor or physical rehabilitation professional for the best treatment advice to help you regain and maintain your optimal health and functionality.
Source: National Institutes of Health