Pain and the Weekend Warrior

By | May 5, 2012

Whenever I see a new patient who is still jogging, cycling swimming or playing tennis or golf despite their pain, I know that the problem is going to be relatively easy.

What better time than Saturday morning to inaugurate a new series of blogs on musculoskeletal pain and the amateur athlete. It is a common problem and a worthwhile avenue of inquiry. America has become a nation of spectators and as a result suffers from obesity, hypertension, back pain, musculoskeletal aches and a variety of psychological problems. At Schlesinger Pain Centers every time we see a new patient who has been disabled for more than 6 months we know that we are going to have a tough row to hoe. Conversely whenever I see a new patient who is still jogging, cycling swimming or playing tennis or golf despite their chronic pain, I know that the problem is going to be relatively easy and the difference has less to do with the condition of their back than the state of their mind.  I would always rather treat a weekend warrior than a couch potato.


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