Injuries suck! What should I do?

Alex assessing injury

Take control of your health

Don’t let injuries hold you back.

Injuries suck! There is no doubt about it. One of the most common thing we hear around the clinics in Dural and Granville is, “I’ve got X but I wasn’t sure whether I needed to see somone about it. This thought is really common, your life is busy, the kids, need to be here, there and everywhere and you don’t really have a huge amount of time to spend on your self anyway.

So we have 4 simple questions for you:

  1. Have you had the same injury 2 or more times in the last 6 months?
  2. Is it effecting your sleep?
  3. Is it having a significant impact on what you can do at home and/or work?
  4. Has it been going on for more than 2 weeks?

If you answered yes to any of these questions it’s probably a very good time to get in contact with us at Your Health Sport and Spine.

Not every injury needs something done about it right away and alot of the time these things have a habit of sorting themselves out after a week or two. However if it really is taking a toll on what you do or keeps coming back…

It’s time to take control

Clinically we can break down patients into two groups when it come to muscle and joint pain injuries.

  • Passive Copers
  • Active Copers

Your passive copers, generally look for therapies and strategies that are done to them, ie massage, painkillers, hot showers etc etc. It places control of their health into other people or things. Whilst your active copers as the name would imply look for more active approaches to managing their pain, for example they might go for a walk, or find some exercise that helps their injury. If we look at the outcomes for these two groups The active copers fare much better, stay injured for less periods of time and are less likely to be injured again.

In other words, don’t let something or someone else control your health outcomes, pop into the drivers seat and take control!

How do I know if I should see a chiro or a physio?

This is a great question. The answer may surprise you however, as it really doesn’t matter. What is important though is that you are seeing some one you trust and that they are following an evidence based approach ie letting you an the science guide them on what to do. At Your Health Sport and Spine we firmly believe that the patient should be the drive behind their care so we developed a list of question you could ask about your chiro or physio to see if they are the right one for you. All you have to do is click here to find out more.

The long and the short of it.

So at the end of the day, the take home message is simple:

  • Don’t leave it too long
  • Take control of your health
  • Find a clinician you can trust

Because your health matters.