Making the Most of Your Post-Sports Hernia Surgery Recovery Time
It’s been a long road to get to this point. Waiting in doctors’ offices, listening to options, and finally deciding on surgery. Once the operation goes well, it can seem like you’re in the clear. It might be tempting to speed through your post-operation plan and get back to doing what you love as soon as possible. But neglecting your recovery is the easiest way to find yourself injured all over again.
Recovering from a sports hernia isn’t the easiest task in the world, but it’s a downhill slope. You’ve already been through the toughest parts, so why stop now? Rehabilitation is far from an inconvenience – it’s the key to getting back to full strength.
An experienced sports hernia specialist is the best person to guide you through recovery. Dr. William Brown and his team create a specialized recovery plan for each and every patient. This ensures that your needs are expertly addressed, and treatment is tailored for your specific activities or sports. This recovery plan can include physical therapy and rest, as well as dietary guidelines, all of which will help make the transition as smooth as possible.
The most common mistake that recovering athletes make is to rush through it. With the finish line in sight, it’s better to pace yourself than it is to sprint. Your personalized recovery plan will lay out a specific timeline tailored to your personal activity level. Taking it too fast could put unnecessary stress on your newly repaired sports hernia, causing damage or even re-injury. Often, trying to speed through has just the opposite effect: setting you back.
On the other hand, there is a fine line between resting and taking it too slowly. After surgery, even simple movements can feel strange or strained, especially during physical therapy. While it may be a stretch, it’s critical to complete each step of your plan fully and at the right time. This will help ensure that you get back to 100% in a timely and safe way.
The real key to recovery is simple: listen to your body. Rehabilitation isn’t quite a walk in the park, but it shouldn’t be too painful, either. Sports hernias are complex injuries that take time to heal. If something doesn’t feel right, speak up. Dr. Brown and his office have years of experience in sports hernia repair, and can answer any questions that may come up throughout recovery.
You’ve been through diagnosis, office visits, and sports hernia repair surgery. The toughest parts of the treatment process are over, and all that’s left is rehabilitation. Taking it slow and relying on your specialist’s advice will make recovery a breeze.