Here are two common questions and answers to help you along with the recovery of your injury!
1. I have had this pain on and off for a few months, and generally I am pretty good, and then it comes right back on again and can take my breath away. What if I am not in pain on the day I come to see you, will I be wasting my time?
No! Physio is not as much about treating the pain as it is about finding what is causing the pain in the first place. If your injury is now a few weeks/months old, 2 things are likely happening- first the joints and muscles are likely getting stiff and stuck so when you move them to a certain point, they don’t want to move and give off a sharp pain. Second, you are likely becoming inflexible and weak in that area, which can lead to changes in activity levels and longer term problems. Physio can help find and correct the cause of this cycle.
2. How long before I feel a change in my condition?
From our experience over the last 15 years, we’ve worked out a way to speed up the process and get it down to as little as 2-3 weeks to get a person comfortable and safely active again. A good physio will lift your concerns and worries by telling you what’s going wrong during your first session. The speed at which the physical problem is eased can be dependent upon your age, how long you’ve had it, how severe it is and the manual skills of the physio. All that said, the sooner you get to the root cause of your problem, and get a plan of care in place, the faster you will see a change. Doing nothing or relying on pain medication will not speed up your recovery.