There is often a sense of bravado around injuries and this age old attitude of “she’ll be right” when it comes to experiencing pain and niggles, instead of assessing do you need to see a Physio.
It’s all too common to see people try to ride out injuries, with this attitude of time will heal all, as opposed to taking action to rectify the problem quickly.
An observation we’ve had in recent months is around how many people had to make changes to their lifestyles in the early stages of the Covid pandemic and since then, experienced physical problems due to increased activity in their effective ‘re-start’ to being more mobile.
The problem with the “she’ll be right” mindset, is that all too often “she won’t”.
Leaving an injury does from time to time see the problem pass, but in many cases it either slowly becomes worse and what could have been a quick fix actually becomes a lengthy recovery, or the initial pain goes but you subconsciously adapt to the situation and in doing so create new long term concerns.
So, if you’re mulling over a persistent niggle and trying to decide if “she’ll be right” or not, here is something to think about.
8 Tips to Answering “Do You Need to See A Physio”
1. Constant Pain
If your pain is always present, even at a low level of intensity chances are it will not disappear on its own.
2. Severe Pain Longer Than 3 Days
If the inflammation stage of healing has passed and you are still experiencing pain, or severe pain, for half that time, then you should see your family doctor or physiotherapist as more serious damage may have occurred.
3. Something Has Felt “Different” Since Your Injury
This seems like common sense, but many try to ignore this feeling. If things don’t feel right, chances are they are not right.
4. You Are Moving Differently Since Your Injury
Sounds like a compensation doesn’t it? If you aren’t sure if this is you, then ask close family or a friend as they are likely to spot you walking, bending or reaching differently.
5. Your Pain Is Easily Reproducible With A Specific Movement
This may sound something like this: “every time I reach/bend/move this way I get pain”. Your injury has affected something very specific, and unless you want to avoid that particular movement for the rest of your life, get assessed!
6. You’re Tired All The Time
If you’re suffering from shoulder or back pain, it can be difficult to get a good night’s sleep. Reducing the pain can help you sleep better and wake up feeling refreshed.
7. You’re Getting Headaches
Headaches can be caused by poor posture and muscular tension in the jaw or neck. Of course, if your headaches are severe in nature, our Physio’s will refer you on to specialists.
8. You Have Sharp Pain In Your Heel
If you feel stabbing heel pain, especially in the morning, it can be a sign of plantar fasciitis. We can help ease your symptoms with taping and soft tissue massage and take you through beneficial stretches.
Hopefully this helps you to understand the importance of ensuring your injuries are following the appropriate timelines and how to recognise if your injury isn’t going to heal on its own.
Keep in mind that the longer you wait to seek treatment, the harder it will likely be to resolve your issue. If you have been putting off physiotherapy, then wait no longer and get in touch with us at Precision Physio to seek advice.
If you found this article about how to answer the question “Do You Need to See a Physio” useful and feel that Precision Physio could in someway help and support you, please contact us directly or leave a comment below.
How Do I Book An Appointment with Precision Physio for Help?
We’re taking the health of our clients, members and staff very seriously and our preference would be for you to call to book an appointment so that we can make sure to explain our approach to keeping you safe. You can call any of these numbers to schedule a session:
- Customer Support Centre: 02 8607 4000
- Precision Physio Concord: 02 9736 3950
- Precision Physio St Marys: 02 9623 2220
Evolving with the current environment, we are also now offering online appointments, meaning that we can support anyone who is unable to leave their home. Sessions are done via our state of the art Telehealth system and as long as you have a laptop or tablet with an inbuilt camera, or a phone with camera, we can help! Online consultations would be especially effective if you’re feeling isolated and need support even though you may not be local. Rest assured that we have many clients working with us who are not based in Sydney and the results have been great.
To learn more about online consultations, please call us on any of the numbers listed above.