Injuries are a common part of life. Whether it is spraining your ankle while playing sports or twisting your knee awkwardly coming down the stairs, an injury can lay you up for days and make life much more difficult. The healing process is straightforward for many people. They will do whatever it requires to get back on their feet as quickly as they can. Other people find it more difficult because it can take some effort to return to normal whilst recovering from an injury. If you are the latter, here are some tips to help you get back up and running – literally!
Follow your recovery plan
You can’t afford to cut corners on certain aspects, and physical therapy is one of them. If the injury is serious enough, failing to follow the recommended treatment plan could result in permanent disability. I am super bad at resting and letting myself heal as I should and this has cost me big-time in the past! Ensuring you look after yourself and let your body heal is so important. Seeking help from a professional and following their advice is such an important step.
Follow the R.I.C.E plan for recovery
This is an easy thing to do for anyone as all you have to do is sit or lie down for a while.
R.I.C.E stands for rest, ice, compression and elevation.
By resting up the injured part of the body, you will help yo stop any further injury from occurring. Icing the injury and applying compression will reduce swelling, as will keeping it elevated as much as possible. This will also help to reduce the pain you experience. This is probably the easiest form of recovering from an injury (as long as it’s not a major one) and one that I do quite often.
Seek professional medical advice
If you are ever unsure about an injury or are worried, seek professional medical advice sooner rather than later. Of course, if it is an emergency you need to go to a hospital or an emergency room. Otherwise, make an appointment with your GP as soon as you can. Professional treatment can make a massive difference and speed up your recovery, preventing any further and longer lasting damage.
Ease back into fitness
As your injury begins to heal, you may be eager to get back into the gym (not like we can at the moment haha) or back out running or whatever you do, but it is important to do it slowly and carefully. You may have lost some degree of fitness and strength and the injured part may be prone to being reinjured if you go too fast. Look at running tape for extra support and pain relief while you gently ease back into your fitness regime, and if you start to experience pain, stop and seek further advice before carrying on. Easing back in is the worst as you feel like you just want to get back to it, but its a super imortant part to recovering from an injury.
Consider what caused your injury in the first place
Sometimes there is no reason for an injury; it just happens. However, it is important to take a moment to think about what may have caused it to prevent it from happening again. Perhaps you were not wearing the right clothing or equipment? Maybe you had not warmed up and stretched enough beforehand (story of my life). You also need to consider your techniques in your chosen sport to make sure it is not something you are doing incorrectly.
Injuries usually happen when we least expect them, but knowing what to do to recover from them can make a huge difference to how you get back on your feet.