Medical experts at the Imperial College London reports that there are a number of considerable risks to people that decide to wait to pursue medical attention when they have been dealing with significant aches and pains for any amount of time longer than a month or so.
Many of these risks involved:
- Increased susceptibility to injury
- Further injury of the impacted area
- Compound conditions because of weakened areas of the body
… And that’s just the tip of the iceberg!
Though you may be tempted to “suck it up” and push through the pain, the truth of the matter is that unless you’re dealing with a relatively mild form of pain or just a bit of muscle soreness you may be doing far more harm than good. Most doctors regard pain as a vital sign.
Recognize what your body is trying to tell you in the first place
The most important thing you can do when you are trying to determine whether or not it’s time to visit the doctor or to push through the pain that you are currently dealing with is to understand exactly what you’re up against.
A lot of people are going to be under the impression that any chronic pain is simply a little bit of soreness and isn’t that big of a deal while others are going to be under the impression that even the slightest injury needs to be treated with modern medical attention, but the truth is really something somewhere in the middle.
Take stock of your activity levels, any potential instances that could have caused injury, and your past medical history to understand what you are up against.
In this way you’ll know whether or not you’re dealing with muscle soreness from an overenthusiastic exercise or a serious underlying medical condition that needs to be addressed ASAP.
Don’t be shy about being a little overzealous in taking advantage of modern medical solutions
It’s always better to be a little bit safer when it comes to seeking a medical attention than to be sorry later dealing with an issue that could have been cured or prevented with earlier interventions
You may not always feel like it is a good idea to pursue medical attention, but at the end of the day you’d have to be at least a little bit crazy not to jump out in front of something that could be quite serious – even if you aren’t sure of the severity of the issue at that particular point in time.