Suffering any kind of injury can be incredibly frustrating and impact just about every area of your life in addition to the pain that you will experience. It is tempting to push through the pain and carry on as normal, but this is a dangerous approach and could only put you out of action for longer. This is why you need to know the best ways to recover from an injury (as well as listen to the advice of your doctor to a T).
A healthy diet is always important but particularly when your body is in recovery mode and needs nutrients to help your body to heal properly. There are lots of goods which are good for this, including:
- Leafy greens
- Oily fish
- Egg yolks
RICE (not the food) is tried and tested recovery method which is helpful for reducing swelling, easing pain and speeding up the recovery process. This includes:
R – Rest: Allows the body to recover and prevents further bruising
I – Ice: Reduces pain and brings down swelling
C – Compression: Wrapping the affected area to prevent swelling – make sure that it snug but not tight
E – Elevation: Elevating the affected area above the level of the heart to reduce pain, swelling and throbbing
Seek Out a Specialist
It is always a good idea to get an injury checked out by a medical professional. In some cases, you might be referred to a specialist such as a chiropractor who will be able to treat and advise you. This can be a great way to recover, but if you ever see someone that makes the injury worse or misdiagnoses then you could look into making a clinical negligence claim.
Early Range of Motion Exercises
Rest is obviously important when it comes to recovery, but some gentle activity can be good particularly for back injuries. Gentle stretching, walking and other low impact exercises can be helpful in the recovery process while also ensuring that you do not get out of shape (which will only make recovery harder).
Ease Your Way Back In
Following this point, one of the biggest mistakes that people make when recovering from an injury is overdoing it when they start to feel better again. Instead, you should gradually work your way back to where you were before and always stop if you start experiencing pain again.
Recovering from an injury is difficult and can be a long process, but these tips will hopefully help you to get back to normal sooner rather than later.