Have you ever had an injury that you thought was resolved, but then some of the symptoms return a little while later? Did you think that you would have to live with this pain for the rest of your life?
Many of our patients tell us similar stories about a pain/injury that would resurface now and again, sometimes completely debilitating them or at least keeping them from being able to exercise for a while. And unfortunately many of them thought they would “just have to live with it” and occasionally be laid up by it … until they found us.
It is not uncommon for some symptoms to return when you think your issue is resolved. In fact, now and again, some symptoms may return in our patients even after we have completed a successful course of therapy and the patient left the clinic pain-free and highly active.
If symptoms return after treatment has concluded, it doesn’t mean that you have had a big setback. It also doesn’t mean that PT wasn’t the full answer to the problem.
If you achieved pain-free status in PT before, it can be done again!
However, it is important to address the return of pain as soon as possible so it doesn’t become a bigger issue that takes multiple treatments to resolve.
I have an example of this with myself when I was a young therapist. I had been traveling for work and when I returned I was in some intense low back pain. I knew that with a few treatments and some modification in movement that I would feel better fairly quickly.
And that is exactly what happened. In 4-5 days, I was feeling much better after some much needed treatment. But what did I do after a week of feeling really good? I decided it was a good idea to go hit some golf balls at the driving range.
My symptoms came back even though I was feeling great. I had no complaints of pain with any movement but I decided hitting 30 golf balls would be alright. Just that little strain of hitting a few chips brought my pain back.
I should’ve known better being a physical therapist but I was feeling so good that it was hard not to get out and test it a bit. The great thing was that I had access to great manual therapists who could fix me right up. I was back on the golf course the following week with no restrictions at all.
The take home point is this: Don’t let a little return of symptoms keep you from the things you love. If it was fixed before, it can be fixed again.
Sometimes a fire is not always out just because there aren’t flames, but if you can address your symptoms quickly, they should resolve quickly.
Call us today if your symptoms have started to return and we can get you back you to doing the things you love.