Sports Medicine Minute, Can Pain Be Good - Jeffrey M. Klauser, MD

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Certain injuries, that we certainly can take some anti-inflammatories for example to help calm down. Whether it be tendonitis or some mild soreness afterwards. But the ones that are truly painful – you really don’t want to ignore that. Pain is bad for the athlete in that hurts them and slows them down but it’s also good for us because that lets us know when there’s a real issue and they can take a break and they need it. If you want to get back to playing, you have to listen to your body. And know when it’s okay to start advancing, building up your endurance, building up the repetitions. If you push it too quick, too soon, you’re going to take a step back. And actually, it’s going to prolong your recovery.