Athletes suffer from pain in one form or another all the time. It’s a normal part of their chosen field and it’s hardly surprising if they feel pain after exerting themselves at an event or something similar.
For the majority of us who are not athletes, pain also comes in one form or another. It could be from something minor or something that can totally change our way of life in some way. What I’m getting at is regardless of who we are, as long as we’re human beings we will suffer pain in our system whether we like it or not.
That being said there are certain types of pain that requires more than just a simple ice pack, heat pack or a couple pieces of Aspirin. These are the type of pain that just won’t go away such that your way of life is drastically changed.
For an athlete this type of pain can mean the difference of whether he or she continues on or not. For us less athletic people it could mean the difference of whether we can even do the normal things that we used to do or not at all. It can affect our personal lives as well as our work as well.
If you’re wondering if you should go for physical therapy for some slight pain don’t even think of not going. Pain is a warning sign that something is wrong with your body and if it will keep you immobilized then getting physical therapy before it becomes something big is a good idea.
After all that is what physical therapy is all about. It is a field whose purpose is to relieve pain, promote healing and restore your function and movement, especially in the areas that were suffering from the pain. Basically, it is an alternative method of treatment especially if you were injured in some way regardless of whether you were an athlete or not.
Sure, you can self-medicate and try to alleviate the pain yourself but that may only work in the short term. Persistent pain is something that you may not be able to tackle by yourself and this may require a more professional approach so that not only will the pain go away but the cause of it can also be found and dealt with so it doesn’t come back anymore.
How do you know if your pain is in need of physical therapy? Well if the pain stays on for a few days even after you have rested then it could be a sign that something more is needed than just ice, heat or aspirin. Even if the pain is gone initially but comes back on a regular basis as a deep throbbing dull pain then it means you really need to have it checked as that will be the only way for it to fully disappear.
If you had an accident or feel pain that is sharp and acute you really need to give physical therapy a serious thought. Issues with your neck, back, shoulder, arms, knees and such are also indicators. Even something as simple as a sprain or muscle strain should be bought to the attention of a physical therapist less the pain and the associated injury worsen.
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