Let’s face it…you probably would call a physical therapist if you’ve sustained an obvious injury, or you are experiencing pain so intense you need immediate relief. But many people often ignore some of those nagging symptoms because they are too busy for it today. They think they can simply live with the pain or wait for it to go away. Sometimes it does, but often, those small issues over time develop into bigger issues with more pain and limitations. When left untreated, these issues can become very costly in terms of time, money, and the limitation of doing the activities you love. Physical therapists help eliminate small problems before the risk of them becoming larger sets in.
Here are five signals (that you may ignore) that you should see a PT:
- You’re having to modify exercises, your recreational activities or daily function. While the pain doesn’t restrict you from activity, you still must modify or make small compromises. You may feel sore, so you limit your activity. PTs can help determine the root of the issue and fix it before an injury occurs or reoccurs.
- You’re starting a new workout or training program. Physical therapists are movement experts and understand how best the body functions. They help you understand the proper mechanics, so you can train correctly and reduce the risk of sustaining an injury. Why leave it to chance?
- Your recovery period is way longer than normal. It is normal to experience soreness following a race or post-workout if it dissipates in a few days. However, if routine activities cause pain lasting more than 3 days, you should call your PT immediately. It could involve a muscle, tendon, ligament, or joint that should be addressed.
- You’re waking up sore, but you didn’t do any strenuous activity. You shouldn’t wake up from sleeping feeling sore. Sure, you may need time to warm up your body, but you shouldn’t be in pain. More than likely, it is your sleep position, poor mattress or pillow. A PT can help determine the cause of soreness and help you get a more restful night of sleep.
- You’re noticing unusual pain, or unexplainable, visible changes. If you observe swelling or other changes to your joints or other parts of the body, especially after a training session, you should contact a physical therapist as soon as possible. You could be making an underlying injury even worse.
Don’t let the nagging issues turn into bigger injuries. Call Baudry Therapy Center today if you are experiencing any of the 5 signs above. Invest in your best asset – your own health!