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Is There an Emotional Component to Sports Injuries?

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Most people think of an injury as a purely physical ailment. However, there are many ways in which a physical injury can have an emotional impact. If an injury prevents you from working, for example, you might struggle with feelings of uselessness while you recover. If you suffer a physical injury that also affects your emotional wellbeing, the best thing you can do is seek professional treatment from an orthopedic doctor. Here are a few emotions that people experience when they suffer a sports injury:

Anger

Many people feel angry at themselves or others while nursing an injury—especially if the injury could have been prevented. No matter how much you wish that your injury didn’t happen, you can’t change the past. Getting angry after your injury will only prolong your recovery. For help confronting your anger, consider talking to a close friend or a mental health professional. 

Depression

Some people take pride in their athletic ability. When these people get injured, it’s easy for them to slip into depression—especially when their injury prevents them from participating in a big game or competition. To prevent depression from setting in after your injury, try to focus on all the things you’ll accomplish after your recovery. Try to think of your injury as an excuse to get some rest.

Stress

If your injury has made your future unclear, you could experience plenty of stress and anxiety. Unfortunately, stress can be very counterproductive to the healing process. One way to get over your stress is to obtain a better understanding of your injury by asking your orthopedic doctor plenty of questions. Taking away the mystery of your injury can help you feel more relaxed as you recover.

The orthopedic surgeons at Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine can answer all the questions you have about your injury and provide the treatment you need to recover. Call our Queens office at (718) 897-2228 to set up an appointment and get one step closer to healing from your injury.  

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