Musculoskeletal Disorders are very common with pain and disability affecting the spine, Pelvic and shoulder girdles and the upper and lower limbs. Pain and Disability can have complex causes and affect quality of life. The good news is that there are ways of preventing or treating musculoskeletal conditions.
Sports and Musculoskeletal injuries:
Many soft tissue injuries (sprains, strains and tears) get better in a few weeks, if you follow some simple steps. You should see a GP or physiotherapist if:
- you are very badly injured
- you’re not getting better within a couple of days
- you have a lot of pain, swelling, or disability.
If you are slow to make progress with pain and disability continuing beyond six weeks or if your problem seems serious you GP may refer you to a specialist such as a Musculoskeletal Physician.
Exercise as Medicine:
More and more we are discovering the preventive and treatment benefits of an active lifestyle.
Keeping active and avoiding overweight helps to prevent and delay the need for joint replacement, prevent diabetes, recover from injury, improve the immune system’s fight against infection and prevent the depression that comes with persisting pain.
We quickly lose muscle if we become inactive. This can slow recovery. Gaining weight can also put more strain on your injury.
You may not be able to do your previous activities, but there are always exercises you can do to stay fit and strong while you recover. Talk to your physiotherapist or musculoskeletal doctor about what you can safely do. Often selected exercises (such as water based ones) and guidance can cure or help you manage persisting painful areas such as the low back
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