by Jeff Spencer July 06, 2016 3 min read
I’ve never known an active person who doesn’t periodically have a minor muscle strain or ligament strain. Its just part of the job description. And, if there’s never a small tweak here and there then the effort put forth to achieve top performance fitness is probably not happening.
You know what these minor tweaks are like.
It’s that little twinge of pain that’s not enough to make you not train. But, enough to make you wonder if should.
You get up in the morning and the muscle is a little tight and sore, but after a few minutes of movement it disappears. And, often, certain movements create the pain.
The usual fix with such minor ailments is to, first, do nothing until it gets progressively worse. Then, some form of self-care, such as OTC anti-inflammatories, is tried that usually isn’t affective. Next, as a last resort, professional care is sought. And, the care most often hoped for is to continue to train at the normal level and the pain and stiffness goes away on its own or with the help of medicine or therapy.
So, here are some simple things to do at home first to help resolve the condition the first time. And, if they don’t work than a professional consultation should be sought:
If after two weeks there’s no noticeable improvement then seek professional care.
Whether you do self-care or under professional direction a key component to recover from these persistent, low-grade conditions is make sure that once the tissue has healed that ideal movement mechanics are restored, otherwise, the problem will return.
The key with small conditions is to deal with them correctly the first time as aggressively as possible so they don’t become habitual.
by Dr. David Minkoff
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