No one likes being injured. It’s painful, and you’re restricted from doing things that matter to you. What if there was a way to do more, and hurt less, while your body heals itself?
Natural recovery can take a while
This varies depending on personal factors like age, sleep, and diet, as well as the severity and location of the injury. Broken bones and strained muscles take around six weeks to heal, while ligaments, tendons, and disc injuries can take 3 months or more to knit back together. Most people don’t want to wait that long to get back to their lives.
You may not have to wait until the injury is healed to feel better and do more. The pain we experience and our level of function depend on more than just the stage of healing we’re in.
Most of the activities we do require many parts of our body to work together. The injured area is just one part of that collaboration. The non-injured parts of the body can compensate during functional tasks. This can be both harmful and helpful.
The double-edged sword of compensation
Sometimes, symptoms can persist after an injury has healed. For example, a broken leg may be completely healed after six weeks in a cast. However, the muscles and joints that work with the leg will have become stiff and weak from disuse. The bone may be healed, but it could be weeks before it’s possible to run again.
Fortunately, symptoms and function can also rebound before an injury is fully healed. If we improve the strength and mobility of the body parts that support an injured area, symptoms and ability can improve despite the presence of a damaged structure.
Here’s one example of how recover faster from an injury
The Achilles tendon is the thick cord that connects the calf muscles to the heel bone. Achilles tendinopathy is a common condition in which the internal structure of the cord starts to tear. This can make daily activities like walking and running extremely painful, and can last for months when left unchecked.
Traditional treatment of Achilles tendinopathy involves stretching and strengthening the calf in an effort to improve the tendon structure. Limited by the pace of tendon healing, this method can take months to result in significant improvements.
Targeting the structures that support the Achilles tendon during functional activities can improve recovery time. By strengthening the glutes, hamstrings, and feet, we can reduce the stress on the injured tendon. This can enable functional recovery before the structure of the tendon has changed.
How to recover faster from injuries anywhere on the body
Nothing in the body works in isolation, so there are always regions you can target to hasten recovery. Maintaining strength and mobility in the regions associated with your usual activities can also help to reduce the risk of future injury.
It can be hard to know which areas of the body work together, and how to target them effectively.
There’s an app to help you recover from injuries faster
The Phyx app for iOS makes it easy. Just choose the area of the body you’d like to improve. Your prescription will guide you through the process of building strength and mobility in the appropriate regions. For full access to your prescription, subscribe to Phyx Premium. You’ll also get posture and technique corrections, progress tracking, and regularly updated content.
Regardless of your current ability level, you can us Phyx to recover from injuries fast, and reduce the risk of future injury. Get Phyx Premium during the month of May and get a free telehealth consultation with a Phyx physiotherapist*.
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