The components of a successful non-surgical treatment plan of muscle, bone or joint pain includes;
- an accurate and timely diagnosis to rule out a serious injury that may require urgent medical care (fractures, infections, tumors, pediatric injuries).
- a period of protection at the site of injury (to allow early repair tissue to form)
- a period of modified activities of daily living (to allow for repair tissue to mature and gain tensile strength) and
- a period of safe and appropriate rehab exercise (to restore motion, strength and function without re-injuring repair tissue)
On the other hand, common reasons why patients are unsuccessful include;
- Inaccurate diagnosis and / or delayed diagnosis.
- Inappropriate and / or delayed treatment.
- Premature return to activities of daily living at home, at work and in sports.
- Using pain medications to block out the pain so a patient can continue working or playing a sport.
In the first 100 days….
- See a physician to rule out a serious injury that may require urgent medical care.
- See a physiotherapist for home based treatment advice and a rehab exercise program (clinic based physio treatments are not necessarily required).
- Get off pain medications and anti-inflammatories as soon as possible (prolonged use of pain medications and anti-inflammatories can cause re-injury, internal bleeding, dependency, chronic pain and permanent disability)
- Consult with your physician and / or physiotherapist before returning to work or sports (to avoid re-injury).
- Before asking for an MRI or an appointment to see a surgeon – please watch the video below.
Terry Kane, Registered Physiotherapist
Founder | Owner, OrthopaedicsCanada.com