What to do when an old injury flare’s up
Sometimes (actually quite often), injuries don’t come from an event or a new injury but are a flare-up of an existing problem. For example, you pick up something from the ground and feel a sensation in the back. This can result in a flare-up of your usual back pain. The first thing to do is not to panic. You haven’t necessarily done a new injury. Nor have you necessarily gone back to square one; it might just be a minor flare-up.
The best place to start is to give us a call and book in for a 1 on 1 session. It is our job to assess the problem, determine how bad it is and let you know what you need to do about it.
If it is a new problem and severe, you may need to do all the things that you did when it was an acute injury. If it is a minor flare-up, a slight change in your exercises in the short term and a few extra sessions may put you back on track very fast.
The most important thing to remember is that, even if you have aggravated a problem you have been working on, it is rare that all your hard work is lost. If you have had a back issue and you have been working on your lower back strength and your pelvic muscle control, none of this has gone away. The strength and control are still there and it will continue to support your back through this flare-up, leading to a faster recovery than before.
Listen to the advice of your health professional, we will guide you through what you need to do to get back to where you want to be.
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