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Is A Sports Injury Worth Going To The Doctor

By Aaron Miller

Do not bother going to the doctor the next time you have a sports injury.

That’s right, don’t bother, unless your bone is obviously broken or the pain is sharp and intense. Because except for the most dire situations, for example torn muscles or tendons, a doctor typically can’t do much, if anything.

You will only be told to cease doing whatever it is you were doing when you picked up the ache. Knees hurt while running? Stop running. Elbows hurt while playing tennis? Stop playing tennis. Back hurts after a bike ride? Stop bicycling.

That’s the standard advice you’ll get, and that’s what you’ll get ninety-nine percent of the time in situations where the injury isn’t visually obvious and also is not sharp or intense.

Why? Because medical science isn’t really all that advanced.

You see, the best and brightest have long been devoted to major public health problems like heartaches, stroke, diabetes, cancer, and the like. Sore elbows, bum knees, and bad backs aren’t life-threatening and have very obvious remedies – cessation of the physical activity associated with the pain. So not a lot of thought has been given to these matters, and thus our collective state of knowledge concerning them is barely adequate.

Even specialists like sports doctors and orthopedic surgeons are frequently at a loss. There is not much beyond physical therapy for even some of the more dire cases (the most dire ones might need surgery), and given the prevalence of medical malpractice suits numerous doctors most likely shy away from advice more controversial than standard, conventional textbook stuff.

So for your twenty or thirty dollar co-pay, you get to lose a sick day or personal or vacation day only to be told to merely stop engaging in some beloved pastime. Why bother? Rest. You can figure that out on your own.

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Miller, Aaron "Is A Sports Injury Worth Going To The Doctor." Is A Sports Injury Worth Going To The Doctor. 3 Jul. 2010. 5 Apr 2015 <>.

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