We all know someone who has been injured and sometimes, it’s us. Everyone prefers a quick recovery, but most don’t get one. Many factors can contribute to a slow recovery, but there are some definite do’s and don’ts.
Don’t Live in Denial
Some injuries are obvious right away. Others creep up on you. The true consequences of say, being hit by a car or taking a fall might not emerge for a month or more. The body compensates. The brain rationalizes. That’s particularly true of athletic injuries. Athletes tend to try to play through injuries and it often works, at least for a while. On the other hand, speaking from experience, if that shoulder freezes, every time the therapist breaks an adhesion, the memory of each little hurt and insult will re-emerge. Injuries are real and cumulative. Take care of them early.
Just like people in other fields, some doctors and therapists went the extra mile. Others didn’t. Seek them out, especially if the advice of your general practitioner doesn’t produce results. Remember that it is perfectly OK to ask more than one doctor to recommend a good specialist. Likewise, asking more than one specialist to recommend an excellent physical therapist may be at least as important. If the physician recommends conservative treatment for your injury, you will be with that therapist for a good while. An orthopedic surgeon may treat pain reduction rather than restoration of function as the primary objective. Therapists want you back to normal. Get a good one.
Do Follow the Advice Your Professional Gives You
Having gone to the trouble to find excellent advice, follow it, and take it a step further. Medical professionals routinely prescribe treatment in accordance with what insurance covers. Don’t make the mistake of assuming that that’s all there is. If time and money permits, give your injury the best possible treatment. Ask your professional what the ideal treatment for your injury would be if money were no object.
Do Control Your Food Intake and Eat a Nutritious Diet
When they are idled by injuries athletes in particular find that they suffer from rapid weight gain. Whether an injury will take a month or a year to heal, it makes sense to control caloric intake. Also, the body requires good nutrition to heal damage. Just as it is a good idea to get recommendations for doctors and therapists, it’s a good idea to consult a competent nutritionist.
Do Try to Learn to Manage Pain Without Pills
A prescription drug may be a springboard to a happy place, but it may also lead to addiction and other long-term health problems. Read the side effects and health warnings. Tell your team about any unexpected symptoms you experience. Talk to your team about new techniques for pain management like open focus biofeedback.