Suffering from exercise induced aches and pains is almost an unavoidable reality to most everyone who has ever worked out. Pain is one way our body communicates with our brain, and with so many moving parts we are bound to feel something unpleasant sooner or later. Growing up around a boxing gym I was conditioned to ignore body pains and to keep pushing forward towards victory no matter what the cost. Sadly, that Ã¢â‚¬Å“tough guyÃ¢â‚¬ mindset led me to a severely impinged right shoulder and broken knuckle. It was not until college that I learned the difference between having a healthy pain tolerance, and putting myself at risk for serious injury. Here are three instances when you should NOT work through the pain.
1)Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Acute feelings of pain near a joint:
If you feel a sharp pain near your shoulder, elbow, knee, or ankle this could be an injury to a joint. Further exercise, could increase damaging inflammation, or if the joint is torn could worsen the tear. Stop activity and immediately apply ice. If the pain persists, play it safe and make a doctorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s appointment.
2)Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ When you feel a sensation of Ã¢â‚¬Å“shooting painÃ¢â‚¬:
If you feel a sensation of an electrical shock or Ã¢â‚¬Å“shooting painÃ¢â‚¬ down any part of your body. This means a nerve is impinged and is a more serious problem. Trying to work through the pain could worsen the damage to the nerve is question. This includes sciatic systems.
3)Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ When you are able to feel or see swelling in the area in question:
Swelling or edema accompanied by pain in a specific area of the body usually means there is acute structural damage like a strain, sprain or tear. Trying to ignore these symptoms and Ã¢â‚¬Å“soldier onÃ¢â‚¬ is a fast way to worsen the injury.