Experiencing a major physical injury can be difficult to deal with for anyone. Whether you had a head injury, were wounded in combat, had a major injury while exercising, are dealing with chronic pain, and in some cases, disability is not just difficult but traumatic; rehab with a trained professional will help you get back to your old self and help prevent future problems.
Head injuries can be some of the hardest major injuries to bounce back from. The first task of a rehabilitation program is to identify the injured person’s strengths and weaknesses. This assessment frequently includes neurological exams, CT scans and other therapeutic evaluations and in some cases includes a neuropsychological screening. These procedures are conducted in a medical setting, overlooking critical data regarding how the individual functions in a home setting and how their family deals with their cognitive and behavioral problems. The goal of rehab with a trained professional is to develop and strengthened the areas that were affected by the brain injury. Primary care physicians can refer patients with brain injuries to a physical therapist/physiotherapist who can put together a rehabilitation program for the patient’s specific needs.
Your primary care physician can also refer you to rehab with a trained professional physical therapist after you begin the process of recovering from a sports injury, to help strengthen joints and muscles and prevent further injury. An important part of sports injury rehabilitation is a graduated exercise plan that is designed to get the injured part of the body back to a normal level of functionality.
When planning your rehab with a trained professional, keep in mind that progression is the goal. Start with a few exercises, do them frequently, and then progressively increase your repetitions (following your therapist’s specific instructions). A comprehensive rehabilitation program should incorporate exercises for endurance, flexibility and strength; coaching in balance and accurate body mechanics corresponding to the sport that caused the injury; and of course a planned return to eventual participation.
No matter what kind of major injury you’re living with, there are times when you’ll find it difficult to cope. You may have to adjust to chronic pain or a different physical appearance. You may not be able to enjoy all the things you used to like your favorite sport or hobbies; these life changes can have a big effect on your emotions. The first thing you should remember is that your outlook on your situation will play a huge part on the end results you’ll achieve; an empowered perspective will help you through the recovery process and improve your life. To help yourself along practice relaxation and deep breathing techniques, go to church or invite your pastor to your home if you’re a religious person; basically do whatever helps bring you peace and try to stay away from negative thoughts. Also, get involved in social activities; bottom line, your rehab with a trained professional will move along a lot faster if you have the right mind set.