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If you wait it will get worse

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Don’t hold off on getting physical therapy

It is not uncommon for people to put off seeking physical therapy for an injury, whether it be due to lack of time, fear of pain, or simply not realizing the benefits of physical therapy. However, holding off on physical therapy for an injury can actually make the injury worse in the long run.

When you suffer an injury, your body responds by swelling and increasing blood flow to the affected area. This is a natural part of the healing process, but it can also cause additional pain and stiffness. Physical therapy helps to reduce swelling and improve blood flow, which can speed up the healing process and reduce pain.

If you wait too long to start physical therapy, your injury may become chronic, meaning it persists for a long period of time. Chronic injuries can be more difficult to treat and may require a longer and more intensive course of physical therapy. In some cases, chronic injuries may even result in permanent damage or disability.

Physical therapy can also help to prevent future injuries. After an injury, your body may compensate by using other muscles or joints in an abnormal way. This can lead to imbalances and increase your risk of future injuries. Physical therapy helps to correct these imbalances and improve your overall body mechanics, reducing your risk of future injuries.

In conclusion, it is important to seek physical therapy as soon as possible after an injury. Not only can it speed up the healing process and reduce pain, but it can also prevent future injuries and reduce the risk of chronic injuries. Don’t wait to start physical therapy, as it may make your injury worse in the long run.

Published by Dr. Okezie Onuoha

Physical Therapist

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