If you have ever had an injury or a serious illness, then you’ll know just how much it can affect your daily life. It can put your normal exercise routine off track and put you behind in the goals that you had planned. So it can take some time to get back to where you were before, especially in terms of your health and fitness. You want to regain your strength and perhaps learn new ways to do things, as you could have got an injury as a result of performing an exercise with incorrect technique.
One of the first steps to take is to speak to your doctor. They will be able to advise you what the best course of action for you will be. It could end up being as simple as that. But if your injury or illness is a little more complicated, then they may suggest that you need to help from a physiotherapist, as well as perhaps speaking to a personal injury attorney, depending on how you were injured. But it is important to get professional help first. They can set a plan for you and give you the best advice to make sure that you don’t make yourself more injured or ill.
It might sound quite obvious, but it can be hard to actually do. But the next step is to allow yourself to heal. If you try to carry on as before, then it could aggravate your injury and possibly make it worse. So you need to be careful about what you choose to do. This is one thing that painkillers kind of trick you into doing. You are relieved of pain when you take them, but it can lead you to a false sense of security when you take them. You’ll feel better and will try to do everything as before. But in reality, it is just masking the pain, not meaning that the injury is healed. So take painkillers as advised by a medical professional. Don’t overdo them just so you can get on with things as normal.
With a sports injury, it is important to slowly build up the strength in the muscle or tendon first. Once the strength in it has been rebuilt, you can focus on regaining the endurance. You’ll have been given advice as to when it best to start weight bearing by a doctor or physio, so don’t do anything without their say so. But depending on your injury, it might just be a case of starting some light weights with some repetitions. In some cases it might be some exercises that you can do from home, even just using household items like jars, cans, or just the stairs.
Swimming can be a great tool for rehabilitation as you don’t use any weight bearing. So it allows your muscles and tendons to build up some endurance without the added stress of weight. So if approved by your doctor, swimming could be a good way to keep you fit but still give your body chance to recover. Have you ever suffered from a sports injury? What would your top tips for rehabilitation be?