There is often a sense of bravado surrounding injuries and this age-old attitude of ‘it’ll be fine in a few days’. It’s become all too common to see people try to ride out injuries and if we are being honest, we have to say it’s something we have been guilty of ourselves from time to time.
The last 10 months have been nothing short of a nightmare and your body has had to adapt to a various lifestyle changes including reduced and heightened activity periods. As we enter into the second half of January, you may be experiencing physical problems due to increased activity as a result of your New Year’s Resolution.
Leaving an injury does from time to time see the problem pass, but in many cases it either slowly becomes worse and what could have been a quick fix actually becomes a lengthy recovery. Additionally, what we often see is the initial pain going but subconsciously you adapt to the situation and in doing so create new long-term concerns.
So, if you’re mulling over a persistent niggle and trying to decide if it requires an assessment or not, here is some food for thought.
8 Tips to Answering “Do I Need to See A Physio”
1. You are in constant Pain
If your pain is always present, even at a low level of intensity chances are it will not disappear on its own. For comparison, if you had toothache – would you ride it out or phone the dentist?
2. Severe Pain Longer Than 3 Days
If the inflammation stage of healing has passed and you are still experiencing pain, or severe pain, for half that time, then you should see a physiotherapist as more serious damage may have occurred.
3. Something Has Felt “Different” Since Your Injury
This seems like common sense, but many try to ignore this feeling. If things don’t feel right, chances are they are not right.
4. You Are Moving Differently Since Your Injury
Sounds like a compensation advert doesn’t it? If you aren’t sure if this is you, then ask close family or a friend as they are likely to spot you walking, bending or reaching differently.
5. Your Pain Is Easily Reproducible With A Specific Movement
This may sound something like this: “every time I reach/bend/move this way I get pain”. Your injury has affected something very specific, and unless you want to avoid that particular movement for the rest of your life, get assessed!
6. You’re Tired All The Time
Well, who isn’t these days? But in all seriousness, if you’re suffering from shoulder or back pain, it can be difficult to get a good night’s sleep. Reducing the pain can help you sleep better and wake up feeling refreshed.
7. You’re Getting Headaches
Headaches can be caused by poor posture and muscular tension in the jaw or neck. Of course, if your headaches are severe in nature, our Physio’s will refer you on to specialists.
8. You Have Sharp Pain In Your Heel
If you feel stabbing heel pain, especially in the morning, it can be a sign of plantar fasciitis. Our Physiotherapists can help ease your symptoms with taping and soft tissue massage and take you through beneficial stretches.
Booking a Physiotherapy appointment
Whilst we don’t want to scare you into thinking you have a serious issue, we hope this helps you to understand the importance of ensuring your injuries are following the appropriate timelines and how to recognise if your injury isn’t going to heal on its own.
Keep in mind that the longer you wait to seek treatment, the harder it will likely be to resolve your issue. If you have been putting off physiotherapy, then wait no longer and get in touch with us at Smart Physiotherapy to seek advice.
As always, our doors are opened and we are open for physiotherapy treatments. To find out more about our services, get in touch with our Belfast physiotherapists today.