Recovery from an injury takes time. Healing can take longer than you want it to. You may be tempted to return to your normal activities before you have fully healed.
But stressing an injury makes it take even longer to heal. And you could make your injury worse than it's ever been.
An injury heals fastest when you give it the rest and special care it needs. Your doctor can help you know when you're ready to ease back into normal activity.
You can speed up healing by avoiding movements that make it worse. It's also important to follow your doctor's instructions.
Physiotherapy or occupational therapy can help you learn how to move in new ways and to recover from an injury. If you are given exercises to do, ease into them. Start each exercise slowly. Ease off an exercise if you start to have pain. When you have a routine of exercises, do them as often and as long as prescribed.
While you heal, it also helps to keep the rest of your body moving. A physiotherapist can suggest other exercises or ways of doing things to keep up your strength and energy.
Slowly ease back into normal activity so you don't injure yourself again. A re-injury can be harder to heal than an original injury.
If you are getting back into a sport, do it step by step. A trainer or physiotherapist can help you do this safely. Start with short, easy movements or workouts. Then slowly add more over time.
It may help to make some changes. For example, if a sport caused tendon pain, try another one for a while. If using a tool causes pain, change your grip or use the other hand.
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Current as of: March 21, 2017
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
& David Bardana, MD, FRCSC - Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Patrick J. McMahon, MD - Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine & Joan Rigg, PT, OCS - Physical Therapy
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