Often times athletes experience acute injuries, which are usually the result of a single traumatic event such as an ankle sprain, wrist fracture, hamstring strain, and even shoulder dislocation. These injuries are common amongst athletes and are usually diagnosed and treated in a timely manner.
Overuse injuries actually occur more often than acute injuries, but they are subtle and take more time to develop. They worsen over time, making it a challenge to diagnose and treat them. This type of repetitive trauma and overuse to tendons, bones and joints can lead to debilitating chronic pain.
Preventing Further Injury
Athletes often run into a multitude of serious injuries during their athletic career, especially if they start off at a young age. Some of the most painful injuries are linked to sports such as football, tennis, baseball, basketball etc. That’s when, over time the muscles, ligaments or tendons can become overused.
It is common for athletes to quickly jump back to their normal activities once they feel their injury has healed sufficiently, but often times their bodies are not completely healed and they get re-injured.
It is important to take the sufficient healing time and to take note of any discomfort or irritation from the prior injury, ignoring the symptoms can create even more damage to the area and lead to chronic pain.
How Do I Know It is Chronic Pain?
If you are still experiencing pain from a past injury and are not sure if it is considered chronic, there are a few things to look for.
It is considered chronic pain when it lasts 3 to 6 months or more and you might feel:
- A Dull Constant Ache
- Pain leading to loss of sleep or hunger
- A lack of energy and weakness
These are just a few symptoms that are apparent in sports injuries which lead to persistent chronic pain, if you were injured and are still experiencing pain, call our office today to discuss how we can help you get your life back.