We all have a unique relationship with pain.
This is why generalized advice around the management of pain or injury can actually be harmful.
Traditional medicine has tried to make your pain an algorithm. They calculate your pain “score”, your age, height, weight, etc, and prescribe you opioids to mask your pain and so much more.
Pain is an emotion. It presents itself differently based on our past experiences, beliefs, and what we were taught about pain when we were children.
Imagine trying to rate Love on a scale from 1-10. It just doesn’t work like that.
We should also know pain is an evolutionary tool that has preserved mankind. It’s the body’s way of letting us know that something needs to change.
Pain does not mean that something its damaged.
So, before taking generalized advice from someone who doesn’t understand YOU, make sure to appreciate that your pain is YOUR pain and what works for other people, won’t always work for you.
You want someone who understands your full story, your past experiences with injury, your tendencies, and your behaviors to come up with a plan that is custom for YOU and your situation.