You Need To Change Your Perspective On What It Actually Means To Be Injured
By: Lucas Zelazny
If you’ve ever had aches, pains, injuries, or surgeries you’ve likely worked with an athletic trainer or physical therapist for a period of time. I also have a feeling that once you finished your visits, you stopped doing your exercises. I bet you stopped foam rolling and stretching. I bet your pain came back. I bet you were frustrated and you started claiming that the surgery failed, the rehabilitation didn’t work, and that you’re going to have to get back in at ortho.
Maybe you twisted your ankle back in high school and kept playing. You didn’t really do anything at all to get better. You just let it do it’s thing. Now you’re in your 30’s and damn does that thing snap, crackle, pop, and hurt. I bet your first instinct is to go see your doctor in hopes they’ll have a solution. They’ll give you an AT/PT referral. You’ll spend $500 out of pocket for a few sessions since that high deductible plan doesn’t kick in until you’ve hit your $4,500 out of pocket max. You feel better while in therapy so you’re discharged. 3 months later you’re back at square one considering the idea of visiting with a surgical specialist to finally fix this thing.
If you’ve ever been hurt in your life this article is for you.
Change Your Perspective
There is no quick and easy road to recovery. You need to change your habits in order to return to 100% functionality. Once you get hurt it’s not going away. Right when you think it does it’s going to creep back up on you. Simply hop back into your rehab routine.
Find yourself a provider you feel confident in. Get yourself a team. Work with a massage therapist to keep your muscles limber. Work with an AT to perform your continued manual therapy and rehab exercise maintenance routine, and work with a strength coach to get you stronger than before the injury and allow them to keep you there. Life isn’t fair. Getting hurt may not have been your fault. But it’s now your responsibility to get better and stay better.
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