Should I worry about illness or injury?

Health
27 May 2016
As you get older, it can take longer to get back to full fitness after an injury - but you can still make a recovery if you are aware of a few key things.

One of the things many people start to take notice of when they get older is that it can start to take a little longer to recover from an injury and get back to full fitness. 

Indeed, it can sometimes be hard not to look on young children with jealousy if you see them simply get up, shake themselves off and continue playing after taking a tumble. 

However, all this really means is that you have to think a little differently in terms of how you help your body to recover from any injury.

Will it get better on its own?

First of all - don't panic. By giving yourself plenty of time to recover, you can keep things simple. Your body might take more time to heal than it might have done in the past, so simply be patient. 

However, this does not necessarily mean you shouldn't retreat from the world and cancel all your plans. 

If you feel up to getting back into your everyday routine, you should be able to do so. But take it slowly, with small steps to getting back to your daily activities. 

Rest

Despite the above, it is important to recognise when your body does need rest and to ensure you get enough of it. 

Resting can be one of the hardest things to do. This is because it can be frustrating having to relax when all you want to do is get back on your feet. 

Giving your body a chance to recuperate will allow it to recover faster and more effectively. The more you delay this, the longer it may take to heal, depending on the severity of the injury. 

The simplest way of monitoring the situation is to pay attention to what your body is telling you. If the pain levels increase, then you probably need more rest. 

Don't be afraid to seek help

If you think you might need to visit a doctor, then do so without hesitation - there is no reason to put this off. 

A local GP or medical practitioner will be able to offer you specific guidance that will be tailored to your personal needs and the nature of your industry - so they will be able to offer you more effective advice than anyone else. 

Support

What caused your injury? If it was doing a simple task around the home, then it could be worth considering getting additional support - even if this is just a case of looking into the matter for future reference. 

There are a wide range of support services available. More information can be found online regarding these offerings, in addition to community-based initiatives.

Prevention

Prevention is the best way to deal with injury - by minimising your chances of falling victim to a mishap, you won't need to take more serious action in future. 

Be careful - particularly if you find yourself becoming more accident prone - and be conscious of leaving items on the stairs or anywhere you are likely to walk and trip over them. Ensure these areas are all well-lit and fit support bars anywhere you may need them.
 

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