Hit That Acute Pain Head-On
So, you came to terms with that kink in your neck or screaming muscle pull in your side. As we discussed, acute pain goes away eventually – anywhere from a couple of weeks to a few months, dependent on variables – but how much pain you’ll endure is largely up to you. If you commit to erase the pain, here are some tips to help get you through this physical inconvenience quicker than complaining and aspirin.
Heat, Ice, Both?
Neck stiffness should be attacked with ice when you’re at rest. During the first few days, apply ice for about 20 minutes several times a day. Any chance you have to bring down inflammation will go far to reducing the pain. However, if you plan to be out and about, a warm shower to loosen the muscles, possibly combined with some light ibuprofen, will manage the pain and discomfort until you’re able to rest and ice again.
Any sharp pain will affect your exercise regimen. Believe it or not, though, specific exercises can help shorten the pain window. A qualified personal trainer can help you work through the pain and determine a regimen to expedite the pain removal.
The best option in this bad situation is to visit a physical therapist. It seems extreme but it’s quite affordable and the results are priceless. Usually, people think of physical therapy as the stop after surgery to rehabilitate joints and movement. A better way to look at physical therapy is the way to tune your body, no matter the trauma. When you have a kink in your neck or a sore back, a good physical therapist can diagnose the pain and chart a simple course for recovery.
Physical therapy does not require a referral from you doctor, and since acute pain is usually temporary, you are in control as to when and where to receive treatment. A great place to find a licensed and experienced physical therapist is at any reputable fitness center. Whether those PTs are on-site or keep separate hours at their own clinic, those professionals can massage and isolate the affected area to complement your ice routine at home. The ideal situation is to receive physical therapy at your gym, so the trainer and therapist can work together to help relieve your discomfort.
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