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As the name may suggest, long-term injuries are those injuries that never resolve. Sometimes, they start as minor injuries that progressively become worse. Other times, they happen due to repetitive use of a particular joint or muscle over an extended period. Whatever the cause, long-term injuries need a treatment plan, lest they persist for life!
Before we discuss long-term injuries further, let’s first distinguish the difference between long-term and acute injuries. An acute injury is a consequence of trauma, such as joint dislocation or muscle tearing, that requires treatment for reducing pain and restoring movement. Long-term injuries, on the other hand, are overuse injuries that progress in the absence of adequate treatment.
Because long-term injuries start small, patients will often ‘play them down’ as insignificant because the injuries aren’t impacting their daily life or causing significant pain. Ignoring these early signs, however, means the injury will progress to something even more compromising than an acute injury.
At Pro Health Clinic, we work with patients to turn long-term injuries into long-term results. There are many steps involved in recovery and the first is managing pain and symptoms. We then move on to identifying and treating the injury’s underlying causes before shifting the focus to strengthening, fitness, and resuming a normal lifestyle.
With a little work, we can help patients get back on their feet with minimal risk of the injury returning. Please call Pro Health Clinic on (02) 8721 6534 if you would like assistance managing a long-term injury.