Thinking about some form of active rehabilitation plan but concerned that it may not be for you? Here are three common reasons why you may think so and why they shouldn't stop you
Regressions and relapses occur in every type of behaviour or lifestyle change, whether it's recovery from pain, smoking, or weight loss. While the ideal is that we persevere through the road block or speed bump and continue on through the recovery process, often, hitting a point where pain returns is often enough to shatter motivation and derail progress altogether.
The diagnosis of OA can be a scary reality for people, as it's immediately seen as a one-way ticket of progressing pain, dynfunction, and an inevitable joint replacement. How about we take a look at the common believes regarding OA, however, and see what there is to learn?
One of the greatest myths of the manual therapy world is the belief of a physical treatment breaking down scar tissue or muscle fibers. That’s right, we said it. You’ve been told lies. Manual therapy cannot break down tissue.
Pain is not a response that's simply caused by a physical lesion alone; it's a complex phenomenon with massive psychosocial and neurochemical contributors as well. And just like how poor sleep can (indirectly) cause an increased sensitivity to pain, perhaps mental distress can as well.
We tend to think that pain only affects the individual feeling it, but it can be a difficult thing for the people around them to cope with as well. Educating and helping family or friends of someone with pain is incredibly important, however, as family support is shown to greatly increase the outcomes of pain patients.
Rather than being an inflammatory condition (as the "-itis" suggests), we're finding the condition to be a structural one with changes to the tendon fibers occurring at the cellular level. Often, a complete absence of inflammation is observe, resulting in the research shifting to the terms, "tendinosis" or "tendinopathy", instead.
Whiplash injuries from car accidents are often accompanied by a misconception that there is little that can be done beyond passive treatments. However, you may be surprised by some exercise considerations that could actually get you even further in your recovery early on.