Are You Risking Surgery If You Don't Do Something About Your Pain?

At one point in your life, chances are, you’ve experienced an injury.  It could range from a minor ankle sprain, jamming a finger in a car door, or low back pain while picking up groceries.  Most of the time, these injuries feel better in 2-3 days if they’re taken care of.  When the pain disappears, most people believe they’re healed and continue with their daily lives.

If we take a closer look at the 3 examples listed above, one can be seen as accidental but the other two leave us to ask other questions.  Why did my ankle give out? Why did my back start to bother me?  If we don’t address these questions and the injuries continue, that’s when they become chronic.  Usually, people don’t seek help until years later because the pain from the injury always resolves itself, leading the individual to think they’re fine.  But more often than not, there comes a time when the pain doesn’t go away like it normally does.  The pain starts to linger and instead of 2-3 days, it stays for 2-3 months.

So when should you get help?  When it gets bad enough?  No.  Prevention is key so the sooner you address those questions, the better you’ll be move and the less pain you’ll have.

One example of preventative care is dental hygiene. We brush at least twice a day and do our best to floss.  Every 6 months, we go to the dentist to get our teeth cleaned and to check for cavities.  And if we do experience a tooth ache, many of us would make an appointment with the dentist as soon as possible.  We don’t wait until it gets "bad enough".  

Our physical health shouldn’t be any different.  So if that ankle or back pain becomes a more familiar part of your life, feel free to call us or schedule an appointment so we can get you moving and feeling better.

Dr. Raymond Shing