Some injuries, such as broken bones or muscle tears are easy to detect. They are normally brought on by some traumatic event, like a fall. Other injuries may not be as easy to spot. If you have experienced any of the following, it may be time to get it check out by a doctor or physical therapist.
1) Traumatic Event – if you’ve ever fallen and had your knee swell up, you are going to want to get it checked out. Similarly, if you are running and suddenly feel a shot of pain that feels like something bit you on the back of the leg, you may have torn a muscle or ligament. In these cases, consulting with a physician and seeking physical therapy can help you on the road to recovery.
2) Pain that is not resolved with over the counter medication: Most athletes and avid gym goers are used to some aches and pains. However, if those pains do not go away with over the counter medication or last longer than a few days, it’s time to visit a physical therapist.
3) Visible Changes: You know your body. If you notice swelling or have limited range of motion after a workout, you want to get it check out.
4) Noticing the type of pain: Pain often minimizes with rest and ice. But if you notice reoccurring dull pain, it may indicate there is an underlying injury that needs to be looked at. Pain that is sharp and focused in a particular area can be a sign that a serious injury has occurred. Get checked out for muscle pulls, stress fractures, torn ligaments and visit your physical therapist for a recovery plan.
It’s important to note that New York is a Direct Access state. That means that you can schedule an appointment with a physical therapist without first seeing your doctor.