Assessment and diagnosis

Chronic injuries start of as acute injuries that never fully come good.

A lot of people don’t get it treated and think ‘I’ll give it a couple of weeks and it will be fine’ but then it never improves.

The pain isn’t too bad, it just flares up when you walk up stairs/run more than 20mins/don’t do certain exercises for a while/etc.

You decide to avoid whatever triggers the flare up and seek no further treatment.

This is where Physiotherapists and Sports Physicians can make a big difference.

I’ve worked with people who have dismissed these professions as non-beneficial, but they went in with the expectation of the pain being removed forever, starting from the first session.

Instead, these professionals can help diagnose the issue, tell you what to avoid to make it worse, and to develop a strategy to regain movement and/or minimise pain.

This is much more effective than you trying to work out what you can and can’t do - the control and variable approach should be used for rehabilitation, not the diagnosis.

Instead of trying to work out what will help you through trial and error, you can tap into the interventions that the professional has used with their clients in the past.

Whether they worked or not, useful insights can be gained into injury and pain management that can now be applied to you.

This experience can be used to tailor recommendations for you, based on other information such as where it’s sore and what triggers pain.

Googling your own symptoms simply doesn’t allow that… yet.

Tom Fitzgerald