Thursday, December 31, 2015

Sports Injuries and Chronic Pain


If you’ve ever been injured playing sports, you were probably coached to do different things to treat it: ice, rest, gradual stretching. But doing those things doesn’t always mean the injury will heal perfectly.

In fact, many people suffer from chronic pain (pain lasting more than 3 months) as a result of a sports injury that didn’t heal correctly. A sports injury doesn’t have to be the result of a professional fumble—it can be anything from playing around in your backyard, a pickup game with friends, even afterschool practice.

So if you’ve got an old sports injury bothering you, what can you do about it?

Seek Out Pain Management
The most important thing is that you don’t let chronic pain take over your life. The ACA says that 30% to 80% of people with chronic pain also end up with depression. And it makes sense—if you must live everyday with some sort of pain constantly bothering you, it’s going to wear you out and make life less than what it used to be.

So if you’ve got an old sports injury—say a joint like a knee or ankle that you once sprained and it didn’t heal properly—and it still bothers you on a daily basis, it doesn’t have to. If you seek out a pain management center like Spine Joint & Neuromuscular Rehabilitation in Nashville, TN, you will find assistance for this pain through a variety of treatment options.

Types of Treatments
Speaking of treatment options, just what is available to you if you need help with pain from an old injury? You might be surprised to learn that pain management in Nashville, TN doesn’t offer just one type of treatment.

Medication: For example, if you have constant pain that you find goes away when you take an over-the-counter medication like ibuprofen, then you know that medication is one way to treat the pain. A Nashville, TN pain management specialist would be able to prescribe other (possibly stronger, like opiate-based) medications, but only if you absolutely need it.

Bracing: You’ve probably already run into this option when you first got injured, especially if it was a joint injury. Applying braces (you know, like the typically black or beige cuffs strapped to a knee) reinforces the joint so that your injured tissue isn’t doing all the work. Bracing assists your painful ligaments and tendons so that they’re not doing all the work—and sending fewer pain signals to the nervous system as a result.

Physical therapy: Another one you might have encountered when you were first recovering from a sports injury is physical therapy. This low-impact, drug-free therapy is good for any neuromuscular injury because it stretches and strengthens injured (and thus tense) muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Even if it’s been years since your injury, if you’re still experiencing pain, physical therapy can trigger weak muscles to pick up more slack, thereby taking pressure off your injury and reducing pain.

There are other options for Nashville, TN pain management that we won’t go into today—biofeedback for one, natural therapies like yoga and tai chi for another. But suffice it to say that old sports injuries don’t have to rule your life. That’s good news, isn’t it?

Have you ever received pain management for a sports injury?
If an old sports injury is still getting you down, take charge over your quality of life and seek out a Nashville, TN pain management center. You’ll be so glad you did—you’ll lower your risk for depression and find strategies for managing pain that you’d never think of on your own!


Have you ever been to a pain management center in Nashville, TN because of a painful old sports injury? We want to hear about it, so leave a comment now!

This article was provided by guest blogger: Sally Baggett. Sally holds a master's degree in literature and has been a copy editor and blog writer since 2009. Not only does she also teach writing at the college level, she is a busy mom to two precious little girls.

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