How to Stay Active When Dealing with Pain
When you get hurt, have surgery, or are dealing with a painful condition, one of the hardest parts, especially if you have an active lifestyle, is taking it easy while you let your body heal. While you may not be hitting the basketball court anytime soon if you’re suffering from shoulder pain, or running a marathon while you’re dealing with hip bursitis, you can stay healthy and help get your body ready for when you are able to do those activities again, by getting creative with your fitness regimen. Ask your doctor or physical therapist if any of these activities are right for you.
Yoga can be an intense exercise, or it can be restorative to the body, depending upon the type of yoga you choose. If you have any issues with pain in your feet, arthritis, tension headaches, back pain, or muscular issue, yoga might be a way for you to stretch and strengthen your body without setbacks. Before you begin a class, talk to your teacher about your condition. They should be able to provide you with extra guidance and modifications to poses that will allow you to complete most of the class.
Walking is a wonderful way to get out and see the world when you’re dealing with pain. Someone with a shoulder injury, as long as it is stable, can walk around their neighborhood, a track, or even go on a tranquil hike through the woods. No matter the weather, it’s easy to get a walk in on the treadmill.
Swimming is great for people with many conditions, especially those with joint injuries or arthritis. The buoyancy created by the water helps take weight off the affected joints or areas of the body that are in pain, and allows you to move more freely without added pain from pressure. Some community facilities offer adult swim hours, or pool-based fitness classes.
Keep these three things in mind:
- Always get clearance from your doctor or physical therapist before you add a new activity to your repertoire.
- Bring a buddy. It’s always a good idea to bring a friend if you plan on exercising in a place that could be dangerous; for example, swimming in a pool or hiking through the woods – but it’s especially important when you’re already incapacitated on some level due to an injury or painful condition.
- Remember that the pain you feel is a message telling you something is wrong. If any of these activities, even when they are pre-approved by your doctor, increase your pain, stop for the day, and consider resting for a few days. If the added pain persists, talk to your doctor.
If you want to stay active, or start to build your strength, as you’re dealing with pain, contact Premier Pain & Spine to get expert advice.