Much More Than Just Pain Management
Improve Long-term Mobility and Performance
Prevent Serious Issues Long-term
In fact, studies have shown that the earlier you get that painful shoulder or back pain treated, the better: the most favourable prognosis and outcomes are those of acute onset (<6 weeks), low baseline pain level, and early presentation. The major factor that has been shown to be the greatest predictor for poor outcomes is ‘high pain intensity’ at first presentation. This is why it is so important to address these “twinges” or “nags” early on instead of waiting!
Soreness is virtually never a sign that everything is A-OK; recurring soreness is your body’s way of asking for help. Though it may be minor now, a painful body part is susceptible to further injury down the line. Don’t put yourself in the position of having to choose between continuing to be active and avoiding a serious injury. Seeing a physical therapist now makes it considerably more likely that you’ll be able to do both.