I’ve still got pain…Am I improving?
Recovering from an injury can be stressful, annoying and time consuming. If you are recovering from an injury, your symptoms may be the only thing you have to measure your improvement on. Worse still, sometimes you may be unsure whether you are improving at all.
So how can you tell whether you are getting better or not?
There are 4 things I ask my athletes to look out for after the rehabilitation process has begun. You are on track if:
- 1. There is a decrease in the INTENSITY of your symptoms
- 2. There is a decrease in the DURATION of your symptoms
- 3. There is a decrease in the FREQUENCY in which the symptoms occurs
- 4. There is a decrease in the TIME TAKEN to recover AFTER an exacerbation of your symptoms
If your function is improving BUT you still have your symptoms keep the above 4 points in mind. If you are improving on all four factors then that’s great- you are on track. If you are only improving on 1 or 2 of the above factors- keep your head up high- you are still improving.
So keep focus on the functional tests that your practitioner has planned out for you. As long as your function improves that IS the key. Your pain and symptoms tend to drop at a certain threshold (More on this in a later blog post). Keep improving your function and in due course your symptoms will disappear.