Pain has typically been viewed as something negative that we need to suppress or stop by any means necessary.
While the majority of people wish to avoid pain, it is a critically important signal that tells us when something is wrong with our bodies. Our pain signal works very similar to a check engine light in a car. Whenever the check engine light comes on in the car, we know there is a problem.
After the light comes on, what is the next step?
Most people take their car to the shop to have a mechanic take a look at it. However, some people may ignore the light and continue on. Is that safe to do? The same principle applies to healthcare as well. When someone experiences pain or an injury that is not improving over time, it indicates there is a problem within the body.
Your Painful or Pain-Free Options
When our pain signal is turned on we have two options:
– do nothing
– go to the doctor for an evaluation and treatment if necessary
The correct treatment allows the pain signal to turn off and lets us go back to enjoying our lives. If we do nothing, the pain will only get worse, or the injury will heal incorrectly. This may accelerate wear and tear on the joint. Excessive wear and tear of a joint leads to degeneration or arthritis later on in life.
Unlike a car, which you can go out and replace, you only have one body and as far as I know you cannot replace old body parts with new ones. When our body has an injury it’s important to take care of it the best way possible.
Moving around and enjoying daily activities as we age will become difficult if we don’t take care of our bodies. Make smart decisions by taking care of yourself. If your check engine light comes on, make sure to have it looked at by a healthcare professional to prevent more serious problems down the road. You don’t want to be that elderly person your family and friends have to do everything for.