You Have An Injury. Now What?

Good morning!!! Well I made it to the gym yesterday. Forgot my socks (UGH) but managed to walk 30 minutes on the treadmill. Socks are now packed in my gym bag!

If you have been reading my blog for a while you know I have had my share of injuries (mainly feet and legs) over the past couple of years. Two leg surgeries and an eye surgery later, I hope I am done for a while.

Injury

For anyone who exercises regularly and has managed to fit activity into their life and enjoy it, it can be difficult when an injury or diagnosis prevents your regular routine from occurring. Since this has happened to me, I thought I would share some of the tips I used to manage this “new me.”

See your doctor.

Don’t self-diagnosis or assume you know what is wrong. See your doctor and, if needed, see a specialist. The quicker you get the correct diagnosis and onto a plan of treatment/healing, the quicker you can be back to your normal routine.

Listen to your doctor.

The majority of the time, doctors know best – especially if you are seeing a specialist. While you might not like their diagnosis or what they tell you to do / not to do – LISTEN. Better taking a few weeks off or modifying your routine for a short period of time than risk being down for long periods.

Take time to feel depressed / get used to the “new” norm.

My favorite workouts were Core Barre and yoga and I was told no “barefeet” classes (especially these) for 4-6 weeks. I had just gotten into a great routine and was beginning to make friends in these classes. I took the week after my diagnosis to come to terms with the fact this wasn’t going to happen for a while and get all the items ready that my doctor prescribed.

Find something new.

While you might not be able to do your favorite activities, chances are you aren’t completely off exercise. Take the time to try new classes or routines. Foot or knee injury? Chances are your doctor will tell you that swimming or pool classes are perfect for you. No high impact sports/classes? Perfect time to try weight lifting.

Follow-up with your doctor.

At the specified time, return to your doctor to see how your injury is healing. Let them know how important it is for you to return to your regular routine or be able to do your favorite classes (even if on a limited basis or modified during class). With so many Americans willingly not exercising or being relieved to “not” have to exercise, the doctor needs to understand how important exercise is to you and work with you to return to your routine.

Whether a short-term injury or a long-term diagnosis, listen to your body and listen to your doctor. Chances are you will be able to return to your regular routine. Maybe not as soon as you like, but take that opportunity to try new and learn new things. You might find you have new exercise loves after all.

Any tips for dealing with injuries?

Have a healthy day!

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4 Responses to “You Have An Injury. Now What?”

  1. This is a great post! I’ve been dealing with ITBS since last July so I know the whole injury protocol far too well. I’d say that first and foremost DO NOT GIVE UP! I love running and it’s been a huge part of my life the past couple years, so when I’ve have RMTs and other people tell me to just “get over it and find something else” I refused to listen. I’ve recently found a chiropractor who specializes in ITBS and when I heard her say “when you’re healed…” it was SO refreshing.

    I would also recommend finding a hobby that’s not exercise-related you enjoy. This isn’t something we want to think about often, but last year I realized that if something did ever happen that required me to refrain from ALL physical activity (*knock on wood*), I didn’t have any other hobbies I could keep myself occupied with. I started taking some time to learn about cooking and photography at that point.

    I wish you luck in your quest for no more surgeries! 🙂

  2. Listening to the doctor is the hardest part!! But so important. I had tendonitis last year before the NYC Marathon and they told me to take 3 weeks off. Even though after a week or so I felt better, I knew I should not run or else the issue would just come back or get worse. But yes – so hard taking all the time off especially before a marathon!