Recovering From Injuries
Injuries are the WORST! I recently tore my PCL (a ligament in my knee), so take it from me. 🙂 Everyone who’s been in this position knows how important it is to make a speedy recovery. But how can you speed up the healing process? Here are just a few tips that could help you to recover faster.
If you’re trying to continue life as normal, you’re likely not going to heal. Your body needs a break to recover from an injury and that involves getting lots of rest. Sleep is the best healer, so prioritise sleep. Avoid the temptation of continuing to train for a run or continuing to rehearse for a dance performance – you could aggravate the injury further and turn it into a permanent injury. – I KNOW it’s hard. Trust me, I have to remind myself as well all the time, but do your best.
Do the right exercises
While you need rest, doing no exercise at all could also have a harmful effect. Physical activity can stop muscles and joints seizing up. Talk to a doctor or a physical therapist about what types of exercises you can do without aggravating your injury. These are likely to include low impact exercises and static exercises.
Eat the right foods
Certain foods may be able to help you heal faster. Protein-rich foods like meat and fish are ideal for helping your body to repair. It’s also important to get your dose of vitamin C – leafy greens and citric fruits will help fight inflammation and produce collagen to help rebuild tissue. Try to avoid foods that are high in sugar and salt as these can make inflammation worse.
Consider paying for specialist treatment
By seeing a specialist, you can create a recovery program that may help you to heal faster. In the case of sports injuries, it’s often beneficial to seek help from a sports therapist. You may also be able to find physical therapists and doctors that specialize in work-related RSIs (repetitive strain injuries) or vocal therapists that can help singers recover their voice. Such treatment may be expensive so you may have to take this into consideration. If your injury was caused as a result of a company’s negligence or while working, it may be possible to hire a personal injury lawyer and seek compensation to fund the necessary treatment. A better, more positive option, could be reaching out to charities or advocacy services that can help. You’d be surprised by how many people want to do GOOD!
You need to be realistic about just how fast you can recover. Even with the best treatment available, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to recover from an injury in three weeks if it usually takes people six weeks to recover (depending on the injury). If there is an event that you need to be in good health for, consider whether you can realistically recover in time. While it may not seem like it now, there could be other chances to pursue your dreams. You don’t want to rush the recovery process and partake in an event while injured, only to make that injury permanent. Now to take my own advice… 🙂 Good luck!