There is a secret to healing faster and returning to sport quicker post injury, and it doesn’t involve controversial therapy or loads of money. It’s simple, effective and one of the main reasons professional athletes recover much more quickly than the Average Joe. Here’s the secret:
Get your injuries assessed and treated ASAP!
Research has shown that early intervention for an injury will help prevent it from getting worse, prevent muscle loss, weakening and compensation, as well as result in a quicker return to sport and activity.
- Karlsson et al., (2007) showed that early functional treatment (during the first week) following an acute ankle sprain resulted in a significantly earlier return to sport, compared to a group of subjects given crutches and compression wrapping until pain subsided;
- Studies have shown that following a concussion, athletes who were seen for an assessment by a therapist within the first week had a significantly quicker recovery and return to play, compared to athletes who delayed their initial post-injury evaluation (Bock et al., 2015);
- Early intervention following lower back injuries has also been heavily researched and showed that treatment soon after injury helps prevent lower back pain from becoming a chronic issue, resulting in less time loss off work, and decreased medication use (Gatchel et al., 2003).
Whether you twisted your ankle or hit your head, being assessed and treated early on has been associated with a quicker recovery and return to sport. At Sheddon Physiotherapy and Sports Clinic, between our team of physiotherapists, chiropractors, massage therapists, athletic therapists and sports medicine doctors, there is no reason for an injury to be left unattended.
Bock et al., (2015). Factors associated with delayed recovery in atheltes with concussion treated at a pediatric neurology concussion clinic. Childs Nervous System. 2111-2116.
Gatchel et al., (2003). Treatment and cost effectiveness of early intervention for acute low back pain patients: A one year propective study. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation. 1-9.
Karlsson et al., (2007). Early functional treatment for acute ligament injuries of the ankle joint. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports. 341-345.