- Scenario 1. You are heavily involved in a sport. You’ve been training all year and three weeks before the big game or the big race, you twist your knee.
- Scenario 2. Your family really loves the fall. You get to hike and watch the leaves change colors, pick out pumpkins for Halloween, and go on long walks enjoying the crisp Autumn air. Sadly, just as the weather starts cooling down, you notice that your back pain is starting to cause you trouble.
- Scenario 3. The work year is coming to an end and you’re really excited about finishing up your projects and maybe even getting a promotion! You wake up one morning and can barely move your neck. You are in excruciating pain and can’t even make it to work.
1. What scenario are you?
We’ve all been there before getting injured or dealing with chronic pain can really take a toll on your life. No matter the scenario, it can become very emotionally stressful.
Injuries and chronic pain can put tremendous physical stress on the body; therefore, adding emotional stress on top of it all can really affect the healing process. Just think about it mental stress has been shown time and time again to have physical side effects (from raging headaches to back aches, sleep deprivation, and high blood pressure). Adding these physical side effects to your already injured body can really spin things out of control!
2. So what should you do about it?
Pain stinks. Being in pain and being limited in what you can do is frustrating. It becomes easy to feel helpless or useless. While it’s normal to have these feelings, it is important to look forward and focus on the positive.
3. Is focusing on the positive actually going to cure you of pain?
Ever heard of the placebo effect It’s a real phenomenon. The power of your mind is impressive. It has more power over your body than you might think. Clearly, having a positive attitude about an injury or chronic pain is not going to just make it?disappear. It can, however, improve your quality of life and that can affect your recovery.
Instead of draining your energy by stressing out over the situation, you can use that energy to truly focus on getting better. Instead of moping around, feeling bad for yourself, try making light of the situation and remember to always look to the future. Use your energy to focus on making and executing goals for yourself–perhaps to perform a certain number of rehabilitation exercises on your own every day or to make it to all of your rehab appointments for the week.[
4. How are you supposed to be positive about something that has a significant, negative impact on your life?
t’s tough, but this is where friends and family can help. It’s not about denying the tough situation that you’re in, it’s about accepting it and moving forward. Gain a different perspective by talking about it with other people who might be in similar situations as you. Everyone has their story and their version of added stresses in life. Get support from those you love talk to them about your goals to simply be healthy and pain-free again.
5. How can Sport and Spine Rehab help?
At Sport and Spine Rehab, it is our goal to help you through the process of dealing with an injury or chronic pain in every aspect of the way. Our doctors, rehab specialists, and patient experience representatives will provide you with a plan (consisting of exercises and treatments from our doctors) on day one of your visit. We also will always be around to talk you through the process of your recovery. If you are ever feeling extra stressed one day or just need someone to explain the steps of your treatment plan one more time, don’t hesitate to ask us! We want to inspire and empower a healthier, happier world and that starts with you!