A sports-related injury, no matter how small, can keep you out of play. When it's time to get back in the game, it makes sense to take it easy and not put too much pressure on yourself. It can be tough to know exactly when that time is, though.
If you're playing basketball, there's a chance that your injury is in the foot, ankle or knee. While a torn ligament can take months to recover, sprains are more manageable, though you should still take them seriously and do exercises to strengthen them. One of the best things you can do for an injury in the extremities is get rest, then slowly introduce activity.
This could be more difficult than it seems. Someone who's used to moving quickly and staying in action might balk at taking time off. If you are this kind of person, there are a couple of ways to mitigate this. It might help, for example, to focus on the mental work you need to do during this time, Sarah Klein said in a piece for the Huffington Post.
Another important use for recovery time is communication with a care provider. Getting to know a professional will make you feel more confident about your care regimen and give you someone to bounce questions off of as you make your way off of the bench.
It's even more useful to have someone with several different skill sets to draw from, in case your condition changes or you need a different form of assistance later on.
Bronston Chiropractic knows sport injuries and can help several types of athletes recover the right way. For prescriptive care as well as guidance on rest and other treatments, get in touch with us today.