It’s been a few days since your last run, and that twinge in your knee still hasn’t gone away. Or maybe you took a blow to the head while surfing, but you don’t think it’s anything to worry abut. It’s common for men — especially weekend warriors who try to get in as much playtime as possible before the workweek starts — to “tough out” the discomfort of an injury rather than get it checked by a physician.
That’s usually a bad idea. Common sports-related injuries include stress fractures, muscle sprains and strains, head injuries and lacerations. While many of these seem like they can be treated at home, it can be difficult to tell how serious an injury really is. By delaying needed treatment, you’re much more likely to end up with complications or a chronic condition.
Learn more about when you should “tough it out” and when you should see your physician in the latest Scripps blog posting from Family Medicine Specialist Arnold Cuenca on Patch.com — Injured? Don’t “Tough It Out”