Road to Recovery: Key Strategies for Injury Recovery

Here I am, writing from  my bed, while getting used to some bioabsorbable screws attached between my femur and tibia, due to the newborn anterior cruciate ligament in my left leg, made from scratch using a thin slice of my left knee flexors, and with all of that I am positively moving forward in this long way to recovery after a silly accident a few months ago.

I have just left the hospital and for the first days at home I must keep a thick layer of bandage protecting my leg, until my doctor decides I am good to go bandage free and probably remove the stitches around it as well (not so many).

And even though there is a million possibilities of complications while healing, I am positive, because there is another million and one that everything can be better than I am planning.

This post is not about my knee, myself, my ego, my blog, but about all of us that are exposed to the risks of getting injured and how to smartly handle the difficulties involved in being injured.

1) Focus on Healing. The reason is right there in the title. By the moment you focus on strategies like RICE (rest, ice, compression, isolation), eating to get better soon, physiotherapy, as well as taking any medication that might be really necessary, you will not find much time to worry about the other stuff.

2) Get Your Squad Ready. You will need support, so don't refuse the assistance of those around you. You don't need to become totally dependent of family and friends, but finding a balance is extremely helpful.

3) Laugh Hard, Then Laugh Harder. Laughter not only reduces stress, it also acts as a muscle relaxer and even imagining the anticipation of laughing reduces cortisol and adrenaline and helps muscles to relax.

4) Chill Like a Pro. We had an entire article about that. By stressing you will only  create muscle tension and lower your immune system, impacting your body’s ability to heal.

5) Find A Way to Keep Connected to Your Goals. It might be that your injury will put you away from most of your regular activities for a while. You might not  be able to go to work, run, engage in social gatherings as you wish, but you still can put some effort on reading, creating your own social media content, investing the free time in learning  more about your interests through books, videos and seminars, as well as adapt all your physical activities according to your needs.

Keep Strong. And Getting Stronger.