18% of adults who responded to this survey often reported pain during training, and the same number of people (18%) continued to practice the same, regardless of the pain. This team of sports doctors and orthopedic surgeons reminds us that identifying the source of the pain is the first step to feeling better and that there are a range of options today before considering surgery.
Delaying treatment aggravates the damage and increases the risk of surgery
Challenging the saying “No pain, no gain” and like previous research teams, the authors are particularly wary of the sharp, excruciating pain felt during exercise. The lead author, Dr. George Eldayrie, a sports physician at the Orlando Orthopedic Institute, explains that “Pain can come from an underlying problem and not treating it can make it worse.”
Non-surgical options include physical therapy to stretch and strengthen specific muscles and tendons. Ultrasound injections to reduce inflammation and promote healing may also be considered, with corticosteroids or platelet-enriched plasma. These experts remain very supportive of “rehabilitation” provided they implement a treatment plan that focuses on the right area and is followed by the “right” therapist. Platelet-rich plasma is also documented as very effective for chronic tendinopathies, such as elbow tennis.
Intervene before the injury progresses allows in the majority of cases to avoid surgery that must remain reserved for the repair of muscle injuries that do not heal on their own. And if surgery is needed, the authors conclude that “Advances in robotic and laparoscopic procedures have made many surgeries less invasive today, and recovery is shorter and easier than ever.”
In short, the message is good to see in case of an exercise-related injury.