Have you ever wondered why some people say Physiotherapy did not work for them?
A big part of my clinical consultation involves talking to patients who have been struggling to recover from their injuries or Physiotherapy did not work for them in the past.
The most common reason for this could be either you are pushing yourself too much or you did not get the right Physio.
Whenever you have an injury, like any other disease or condition, you need time to recover.
Even if it is a mild cold, it does not disappear in a day, does it? So it is the same with any musculoskeletal injury. Normally soft tissue injury can take 6 weeks or more to recover and if you have a fracture, complete recovery can take upto 12 weeks (depending on the bone you fracture).
Damage to the soft tissues(muscle, ligament, tendons) causes inflammation around that area and you can have signs like redness, warmth, swelling, pain and sometimes bruises.
Let’s make it more simple, imagine you had a cut while working in the kitchen or deep scratch while walking in the woods. Like how these cuts or scratches do not heal in a day, likewise any other injuries need time to heal.
If you are an active person, it becomes very hard to rest or avoid the sports or activities you love to do. However, it is very important to pace your recovery program.
Expecting to return to sports or your regular activities too soon because the signs of inflammation have come down can be one of the greatest mistakes that you can make. Once the signs of inflammation are reduced, you need to gradually start building up muscle strength and flexibility. This will prevent excessive loading of the muscle too soon which can lead to irreparable damage.
Some patients that I talk to often refer to seeing Physiotherapists for weeks with no improvement and are just looking for surgical options. I like taking very detailed consultation with such patients as it often turns out that the Physiotherapy program that they were provided was either machine-based passive treatment or too basic or very intensive exercise program.
That is why it is very important to design a customised program as each individual is different. And that can be achieved if we listen to our patients and let them set their goals.
So if you have any ongoing or recurrent pain, please comment and connect.