Your injury was diagnosed a while back and the time to rest has passed. Your doctor says you are ready to return to your physical routine, but also explains that you will need to take it slow. Too often, an injury is pushed too far, too soon only to return worse than before. To avoid this from happening, you need to remember the importance of easing back into things.
It doesn’t matter if it’s been weeks or months, your body will most likely not be at the same level as it was when the injury occurred. This understanding is crucial in mentally preparing yourself to return to your normal self.
It can be a frustrating time when you aren’t where you used to be, physically or mentally. But if you can mentally prepare for this realization, you will be at a great spot for returning and gaining strength you didn’t have before. If you come to terms with the fact that you need to rebuild, taking it slow will be seen as a necessity rather than a nuisance. Feeling down is common, but staying down will never fix the situation. It may seem obvious to think this way, but it is just as easily forgotten.
Being patient is necessary to return stronger after any setback. The time it will take is relative to different injuries and body types, but maintaining a patient mentality is equally valuable for everyone.
Getting back to where you used to be can be made a lot easier if you guide yourself down a set path. Daily and weekly goals will keep you motivated and help you see and measure your improvement. Create goals that follow your doctor’s suggested schedule and ones that will allow your body to strengthen at a healthy rate. Starting with small challenges will set you up for long-term success and help you maintain a positive attitude.
Listen to Your Body
While some pain is to be expected during your recovery and physical therapy, not all pain is created equal and it’s important to listen to your body. Be open with your doctor and physical therapist so you can be aware of which pains are normal and are actually strengthening your body. If your body is just not responding to easy tasks, then take a step back and talk with your doctor.
The Bigger Picture
If times get too hard or you feel like quitting, try and remember the end goal. All the frustration and pain that you may feel at this moment will add up to become something worth fighting for. If you prepare yourself to work hard, the end result will be new physical and mental strengths.
The information provided is for general interest only and should not be misconstrued as a diagnosis, prognosis or treatment recommendation. This information does not in any way constitute the practice of medicine, or any other health care profession. Readers are directed to consult their health care provider regarding their specific health situation. Marque Medical is not liable for any action taken by a reader based upon this information.