Whether you’re a professional athlete, a weekend warrior, or just someone who likes to keep fit and stay active on a regular basis, having to sit out because of an injury is not what you want. It can be frustrating to have to take a break from your regular activity while you recover, and it can be even more frustrating when your injury doesn’t seem to heal.
Long-term injuries are common for people who are athletic. Healing takes time, and depending on the kind of injury you have, you could be looking at anywhere from a few weeks to a year. However, if you re-injure the affected area or continue to use it in some fashion while it’s still healing, it can extend the time it takes to heal. Here are some tips on how to treat your injury and help your body heal faster so you can get back to your regular active routine.
Those who suffer from a long-term injury could find regular physiotherapy quite beneficial. It’s a science-based specialist treatment that helps restore and maintain mobility, function, and the well-being of the person who is injured. It includes treatments like massage, muscle manipulation, and tailored exercise programs rather than pain medication and surgery to help the body heal from injury and alleviate any pain caused by it. Each person who seeks the help of a physiotherapist will receive a tailored treatment as well as a personalized exercise plan they can work on at home to help speed up the recovery time.
Stem-cell therapy isn’t often thought of as a way to treat a long-term injury, but it’s a highly effective method to help the body speed up its natural healing process. Athletes often use stem-cell therapy as a way to quickly repair damaged tissues so they can get back to training. It’s a non-surgical procedure that requires injecting stem cells directly into the affected area or areas that need treatment. Once injected into the body, the stem cells regenerate new and healthy tissue to help speed up the healing process. Not only does the body heal faster, but any pain or inflammation is reduced or completely eliminated as well.
While surgery may not be ideal for some people because of the long recovery time, the more severe injuries, such as badly broken bones that call for corrective treatment or torn ligaments, may require it. Surgery might be the best option, despite the recovery period of roughly six weeks of immobility or inactivity.
In some cases, severe injuries need to be corrected using plates, wires, rods or screws. While it is possible that a severe injury can be fixed, like realigning displaced bones, without an operation, the healing process can be even longer and more painful than opting for the surgery.
Most athletes don’t want to hear that they have to take time off and remain inactive, but if an injury is persistent and isn’t healing, or is recurring, the best solution may include good old fashioned rest. Avoiding the activity that caused the injury is ideal, and supporting the injured area with a brace or wrap can help keep it somewhat immobilized.