So who exactly would be a good candidate for physiotherapy? One of the things I often hear is that people leave their injury untreated and eventually the pain goes away. While the pain has completely resolved, the neurological impact of the injury can remain present even if they are “old injuries”.
For example, ankle sprains among individuals who play soccer, jumping sports, and running are quite common. If an injury had fully healed once the pain was gone, those injuries should occur only once (assuming it is not out of your control like landing on someone’s foot). However, we find that ankle sprains can often be chronic. The more they happen, the more prone to spraining it again.
The reason behind this is that after the first injury, the body will respond by either over tensing or weakening itself. This is a natural response by the human body as a protective mechanism when it perceives that danger is present. Either the muscles will tense up in an attempt to restrict motion and prevent further injury OR it will temporarily weaken itself in order to limit the use of that injured area.
The problem arises when the danger is actually no longer present and the tissue has healed, but the brain still senses that danger is present. Consequently, we are left with muscles that are neurologically tense or weakened.
Note: This is why we take a thorough history of your past injuries. Your current symptoms or injury could be a product of what has happened in the past.
Our role as physiotherapists is to work with clients to remove that perceived danger and recondition the body. Consequently, we can often see immediate changes in neurological strength and range of motion.
If any of the below apply to you, consider giving us a call or drop by and consult with one of our health care professionals:
- Concussion (head trauma)
- Body trauma – example: sudden, hard impact of the elbow against counter-top
- Previous surgeries (joint replacements, fusions, ligament repairs, removal of tissue)
- Previous muscles strains/ “pulled muscles”
- Previous ligaments sprains
- Chronic injuries
- Multi-regional pain
- Neuropathic symptoms (pain, tingling, numbness, burning)
Author: Zachary Hum