When To Consult A Professional For A Sports Injury
Now that warm weather is finally here, more and more of us are heading outdoors to enjoy our favourite sports. Unfortunately, after a long sedentary winter, it’s easy to overdo it. While it’s normal to experience some muscle soreness and stiffness when you’re getting back into the swing of things, pushing yourself too far could result in a painful injury.
In the case of a traumatic injury associated with a slip or fall or sudden swelling or bruising, you should consult a professional immediately. But, what if the onset of pain is more gradual?
How can you tell the difference between your body’s normal response to increased activity and the discomfort associated with injury? To find out we spoke with Dr. Andrew Miners, the Director of Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation at Medcan.
“Repetitive strain or overuse injuries tend to present with a slow and progressive onset of pain. Most commonly this is from overdoing a new activity or when returning to an old activity and breaking the “Rule of Too’s”; doing too much, too hard, too long, too soon, or with too little rest. If recognized early, self-management can often be sufficient to manage the problem. Try applying ice in combination with selfmassage of the painful tissue and engage in relative rest by following these guidelines:
• If the pain is mild (meaning less than 4 out of 10; when a 10 is extreme pain) and the pain gets better as you perform the activity — the level of activity should be fine if performed in a gradual and progressive manner.
• If the pain is mild, but does not progress and is not worse after the activity, once again the activity level is likely ok.
• If your discomfort elevates during the activity or is much worse after, this can be an indication that something is more serious and you should discontinue the activity.
Following these guidelines can allow for your body’s tissues to adapt positively to the activity, meaning your tissues will get stronger and more resilient. Of course, when in doubt, always seek the evaluation and advice of a health care professional.”
Medcan offers a full scope of health and wellness services, including sports rehabilitation and personal fitness training, genetic testing and cosmetic dermatology.
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