You’re an active person. You’re strong, determined and you demand a lot from yourself and your body. But then, when you least expect it, you find yourself in pain. You’re unable to push yourself to the same level as you normally do. Do you see a doctor or should you tough it out?
The answer is simple, according to Iowa Ortho’s sports medicine specialist Dr. Chris Vincent, “Listen to your body. While we all have discomfort from time to time, more severe pain is not normal. If you are in extreme pain, stop that activity immediately and let your body rest. If it doesn’t improve with rest within a week or so, you may need to make an appointment with a specialist.”
Common sports-related injuries or even everyday injuries can include stress fractures, muscle sprains and strains, head injuries, and lacerations. While many of these seem like they can be treated at home, it can be difficult to tell how serious an injury really is. By delaying needed treatment, you’re much more likely to end up with complications or a chronic condition.
Discomfort is normal from time to time – pain is not. It is important to listen to your body. Make an appointment at Iowa Ortho or visit one of our injury walk-in clinics if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Inability to stand or walk
- Joint locking
- Visible deformities
- Pain that keeps you from sleeping
- Pain that does not subside with rest or ice
If you suspect any of the following, you should go to the nearest emergency room:
- Chest pain
- Ligament tear
- Open wound
Not only could pushing through your injuries make them worse, it could keep you from returning to your favorite activities for a longer period of time.
Iowa Ortho has several Orthopedic Sports Medicine specialists to help you, whether you are a weekend warrior or an athlete. Our experienced physicians can effectively treat you for any kind of orthopedic injury. Call us today at 515-247-8400 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Tim Vinyard, Dr. Chris Vincent, Dr. Steve Aviles, Dr. Scott Meyer or Dr. Steve Ash. Iowa Ortho and Select Physical Therapy also offer an injury walk-in clinic for patients needing quick access to care.