While there is a time and a place to “push through the pain,” injury in the athletic setting is not it! Pain is your body telling you that something is wrong, and more motion of that joint may be causing more damage. Getting back in the gym or on the field immediately after rolling your ankle, twisting the knee, or tweaking the shoulder is rarely the correct answer. By contrast, propping up on the couch with a bag of chips and watching reruns is usually not great either. The exact course of action really depends on which joints is injured and your unique situation, but in general, starting a course of anti-inflammatory medications (Alive or Advil), relative rest (2-3 days after injury), compression, and elevation are effective for minor injuries. If you try to gradually return to your activities over the next several days or weeks, but you are still limited by pain, it’s time to consult with a sports medicine specialist.
Many athletes have shoulder pain over the years, and some end up needing surgery. One of the most common questions is, "how soon can I go back to playing after having rotator cuff surgery?"
ACL Tears are fairly common in the athletic population. The bad news about them is that they often require surgery and the rehab usually takes many months. The GOOD news is that most patients do well and are able to go back to their sports and activities.
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Ice machine use after shoulder and knee surgery can be incredibly effective in reducing post-surgical pain
Your shoulder has been hurting for a long time, and you know you are likely going to need surgery. You have heard of rotator cuff repair and shoulder replacement surge, but which is best for you? This post gives a quick overview of each.
This question comes up all the time. Of course, the decision about whether or not to obtain an MRI is always between patients and their doctors, and this is a complex question to answer in a short post. But here is the 30,000ft view of the topic.