Recurring nagging pains are an indication that a structure is taking on more work than it should be and can be considered the warning that an injury may be in the works. You should pay attention and get aches and pains that last longer then a few days treated to prevent them from becoming chronic, recurring injuries.
An acute injury is usually a traumatic injury that results in pain, limited function and swelling. A chronic injury is either an injury that has persistent symptoms and occurred longer than 3 months ago or is a recurring low level ache/pain that has been lingering for quite some time.
The answer to this depends on the age of the injury as well as what you are subjectively feeling. Rule of thumb: if the injury is throbbing, red, hot, swollen and hurts, ice will be your desired treatment; if the injury is stiff or tight without swelling, heat will be your desired treatment. If you’re still not sure, you can never go wrong with ice (so long as you’re not allergic).
This is always tricky question to answer because skills, techniques and styles vary from therapist to therapist. Athletic therapists primarily focus on the assessment, prevention, mechanics and rehabilitation of injuries to the musculoskeletal system. We are active in our therapy and always strive towards returning you at a higher level of function, pain-free.
As long as you have muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones then yes, an athletic therapist can treat you.
It’s not necessary to have a referral from your physician in order to make an appointment for athletic therapy; however, some insurance policies require a referral and therefore it’s best to check with your provider for confirmation.
Most major insurance companies cover athletic therapy services but it’s best to check with them prior to your first session to be sure.