While physical therapy and rehabilitation can sometimes be painful, not all pain is considered the good kind. If you’re pushing through pain, you’re putting yourself at a far greater risk of losing what you have gained from rehab than if you were to ease up on your exercises. There are several types of injuries that you cannot train through whatsoever.
The following are injuries you shouldn’t still train through:
- Stress fractures – Stress fractures occur when you place more stress on your bones than they can handle. If you continue stressing the bone, the microscopic fracture can develop into a complete break.
- Achilles tendonitis – Injury to the Achilles tendon can range from mild damage of the tendon to a complete rupture, which requires surgery to repair. If you try to push through it, the injury can become a chronic degeneration, known as Achilles tendinosis, or a complete tear of the tendon.
- Runner’s knee – Patellofemoral pain syndrome occurs when the kneecap rubs on the thighbone, resulting in pain at the front of the knee. This injury often occurs when there is a muscle and strength imbalance in the quads and hips, as well as excessive tightness in the connective tissues surrounding the knee. Training through runner’s knee can result in increased damage to and degeneration of the cartilage that is positioned underneath your kneecap.
- Lower back pain – This injury is typically the result of a weak core and glute muscles, overworking the muscles designed to support and stabilize the pelvis and spine, as well as improper movement patterns. If you continue to train with lower back pain, the lingering pain can become a debilitating chronic pain that disrupts your quality of life.
- Hamstring strains – This injury occurs when the muscle tears, whether slightly or completely. Hamstring injuries are notorious for being chronic issues, so avoid training until the pain subsides.