When It’s O.K. to Run Hurt
Dr. Weinstein of Dartmouth College and other orthopedists promote to continue exercising at a lower intensity after an injury that is not severe.
Gina Kolata – The New York Times
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The author discusses the theory that Dr. Weinstein of Dartmouth College and other orthopedists promote to continue exercising at a lower intensity after an injury that is not severe. Research has shown that painful conditions that are essentially inflammation, actually improve when patients keep moving, and tissue heals better if it is under some stress. Before exercise, Dr. Weinstein advises to take one anti-inflammatory pill, ice the area for 20 minutes and then start your usual exercise, possibly reducing the intensity or time of the activity. He also advices that when you finish, ice the injured area again. Medical experts caution that people have to be careful if they try to exercise when they are injured. The first priority is to see a doctor and get an accurate diagnosis in order to rule out a serious injury.
Published: January 11, 2007