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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Typical Athletic Rehabilitation Course

     This graph, which could mean anything, reminds me of the typical rehabilitation course I help guide my patients on. Initially we try some things, some work and some don't, but we get smarter during this time. There could even be a slight increase in pain. Yet, as the rehabilitation goes, with typical components in place the patient starts getting better. These components include:
  • activity modification
  • anti-inflammatory
  • immobilization (boots, braces, taping)
  • orthotic devices
  • stretching
  • strengthening
  • shoe gear changes
  • technique changes
  • cross training
Then, as the patient and I feel they are ready to run, or starting back dancing barefoot, etc, the pain can reflare and we have a slight setback. All and all, at the end of the 3-5 months for a typical injury, the full return to activity is accomplished. I think the dips in the graph above, when the pain increases, is important to know that is it normal part of the rehabilitation process. Rich

1 comment:

  1. Hi Dr. Thanks for the realistic and encouraging post. I have heard before that with injuries you should “wait till you feel better, then wait another day”. With foot injuries (I have a plantar plate injury) I’m wondering if there is a time period that would be a good buffer to lessen the chance of reinjuring the foot so soon after recovery, and of course shorten the total recovery period. Every time I have a setback it’s just so crushing!


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