What Should I Expect After an Injury?
Injuries can be painful and can cause a lot of disruption to your daily life. But understanding what to expect after an injury can help you to prepare for the healing process and get back to your normal routine as soon as possible.
When you are injured, fluid from blood vessels leaks into the surrounding tissue and triggers the characteristic signs of acute inflammation and injury: redness, swelling, and warmth. Local nerve cells are also triggered during this process and work to send pain signals to the spinal cord and brain.
In the first few days after an injury, you may experience pain, swelling, and tenderness. You may also notice a decrease in your range of motion and strength. This is because the injured area is swollen and your body is trying to protect it from further damage.
In the weeks following the injury, the swelling should begin to subside. You may also notice a decrease in pain as the area begins to heal. As the swelling decreases, you may be able to increase your range of motion and strength.
Your doctor may also recommend physical therapy to help you regain strength and mobility. Physical therapy can help to reduce pain, increase range of motion, and improve strength.
It is important to follow your doctor’s instructions and take any medications as prescribed. This will help to reduce pain and swelling and speed up the healing process.
It is also important to rest and give your body time to heal. Avoid activities that may cause further injury or pain.
It is normal to experience some discomfort and pain after an injury. But understanding what to expect can help you to prepare for the healing process and get back to your normal routine as soon as possible.
May 4, 2017