According to data from the CDC, over 8.6 million sports injuries take place every year.
In addition to the pain, the lengthy sports recovery period frustrates many athletes.
However, pushing yourself too hard too soon will only add to your recovery time. Still, there are things you can do to keep the process moving forwards, and potentially even shave a bit off time off the recovery process.
Read on to find out 5 of the best things you can do to promote healing.
1. Correctly Identify The Problem
In the age of Internet forums and WedMD, it’s easy for everyone to feel like they’re qualified to serve as their own doctor.
However, self-diagnosis usually leads to misdiagnosis, which can mean you’re treating your injury the wrong way — and likely lengthening your recovery time.
Instead, rely on a chiropractor or physical therapist to correctly identify the problem and to create a customized recovery plan.
A professional will also be able to explain which behaviors/activities likely caused the injury, so you know how to prevent it from happening again.
2. Make Sure You’re Getting Enough Sleep
You know that getting a good night’s sleep is crucial for fueling your workouts.
However, catching those Z’s is also necessary to promote your body’s healing process.
If you’re having trouble falling asleep, especially due to pain from your injury, consider looking into acupuncture.
Also, be sure to remove any electronics from your bedroom. They give off what’s known as “blue light,” which can throw off your body’s natural hormonal balance.
Additionally, the study cited above states that a lack of sleep can also increase the amount of pain you feel.
It can also make your blood sugar levels skyrocket, and seriously damage your immune system.
3. Apply Heat And Ice
If you’re still dealing with inflammation from your injury, ice it for no more than 20 minutes a few times a day.
If you’re a few weeks into the injury, a heating pad will help to ease the pain and to encourage increased circulation to the area.
4. Eat Right
When you’re injured, it’s tempting to use it as an excuse to binge on your favorite foods and life off of takeout.
However, this can seriously hinder your recovery process.
Instead, focus on fueling your body with foods packed with Vitamin C and Vitamin A.
This includes things like berries, broccoli, sweet potatoes, and spinach. These foods boost your white blood cell count, which helps your immune system to fight harder.
5. Try Some Light Stretching
Once the severe pain has faded, it’s time to start introducing some movement back into the injured area through gentle stretching.
However, to ensure you’re not pushing yourself too hard, talk to your physical therapist about the best stretches for your specific injury.
Get On The Road To Sports Recovery
Thanks to this post, you now know 5 of the best things you can do to promote sports recovery.
Looking to speak with a professional or set up an appointment to ensure you’re treating your injury correctly?
Make an appointment today to learn more about how we can get you back in the gym or on the field as soon as possible.
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