7 reasons why you should have your injury assessed as soon as possible

See your physiotherapist for a quick recovery

It is surprising how many people put up with injury without having any formal assessment or treatment. They hope or think the injury will improve on its own. If you are injured, here are some things to consider

1. Missing a more serious injury. It is very important that you don’t miss a more serious injury. For example, you may think you have a simple sprained ankle, but how do you know you haven’t sustained a small fracture? Dealing with a more serious injury inappropriately can have dire consequences.

2. Untreated injuries may become chronic or recurrent problems. This is especially the case if you don’t regain your full pain-free range of movement or you don’t regain muscle strength. It is common to see simple injuries, such as a sprained ankle, left untreated. It is also common to see these untreated injuries giving rise to ongoing weakness, stiffness and pain. This is also the case with more complex problems such as back or neck injuries.

3. Early treatment will lead to quicker resolution. Improving your range of pain free movement, increasing your muscle strength and learning how to perform activity (without aggravating your injured part) are important goals of treatment. Achieving them will help you feel better again and enable you to start getting back to work or sport as quickly as possible.

4. Injury affects your performance. You may have a minor injury that doesn’t stop you performing activity, but stops you performing at your peak.

For example, that stiff neck stops you serving with your normal power during tennis. Fixing your neck can result in you playing better again.

5. Ongoing injury can make you feel “blue”. Some of the by-products of injury include; ongoing pain, reduced fitness, inability to work (and earn income), inability to reach your sporting goals and inability to participate in social activities. These can lead to a negative mental state and even depression. Having treatment to overcome injury as quickly as possible can “short circuit” the development of other problems in your life.

6. You may have underling biomechanical problems that need to be addressed. An injury may be the by-product of long standing biomechanical problems. If left unaddressed, these problems can lead to ongoing problems or injuries in other parts of your body. For example, fallen arches can lead to foot, ankle, shin, knee,hip and back problems. The onset of your shin pain may lead to the discovery of your “flat feet”. Correction of this can help you overcome your current injury, but also it may help prevent future problems elsewhere.

7. Learn what you can be doing to overcome your injury faster and how to manage the injury yourself. One of the important aspects of physiotherapy management is helping you to learn self-care. This may be in the form of exercises, strapping/ bracing, learning how to modify your activity to reduce overstressing your injured part and learning self treatment strategies (such as ice application or trigger point release).

If you have an injury, even a minor “niggly” injury, have it assessed by your physiotherapist as soon as possible.

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