It doesn’t matter if you’re an athlete, fitness freak or just want to be able to complete daily tasks with ease, injury recovery can be a stressful and frustrating time.
After having a physical injury, the first course of action is to consult your doctor, athletic trainer or physical therapist. They will be able to help you put a proper plan of action in place and let you on the road to recovery.
What Not To Do When Recovering From Injury
A large proportion of the recovery is completely down to you, this means there are a few things on what Not To Do When Recovering From Injury, let’s have a look at some of them below:
Don’t Rely On Pain Killers
People can often be in a bit of a rush to recover after an injury and see painkillers as an easy way to do this. However, masking the pain with pain medication isn’t recovery and it can be detrimental to the real recovery process.
Taking too many pain killers can lead to a negative impact on your body, one of the most commonly prescribed is Percocet if you’re prescribed this it’s best to make sure you’re familiar with the Percocet side effects before continued use. In addition, using painkillers can trick your body into thinking that it’s better when it’s not and can lead to the injury becoming worse.
Don’t Ignore Your Nutrition
If you’re someone who is used to exercises or are an athlete, you are probably very attuned to eating more to compensate for the higher level of activity. Being derailed by an injury can lead to a few reactions.
You may not be able to work-out at all meaning the high consumption of calories could lead to weight gain although you will still need the extra protein and dairy to help with your body repairing.
Some people will go completely off the rails and relax too much, leading to high consumptions of fatty food, sugar, and alcohol when they usually follow a healthy regime, this leads to not only weight gain but also health problems.
Don’t Ignore Your Emotions
Depression after an injury is more common than you might think, and it’s a very real thing especially for someone who is used to physical activity it can have a massive effect on your mental well-being.
If you use your spare time to exercise you will use to the ‘good feeling’ that you get from completing physical activity. This means if you have an injury it’s likely that your mind and emotions will be along for the ride too.
It’s essential that you acknowledge your thoughts and feelings about how your injury is having an effect on your mental well-being. Express your frustrations and talk to friends and family. If you ever feel as though your injury is getting you down you should seek professional medical help.
These are just a few of the things you shouldn’t ignore when you are recovering from an injury, there are others, do you have any advice that you can share in the comments below?