Personal Best – Sports Injuries – See a Doctor or Tough It Out? – NYTimes.com.

“Know how you typically recover,” he said. “When you are not recovering as you typically do, that’s the first warning that something more is going on.”

The problem with rushing to see a doctor for common injuries, according to Dr. Musahl and others, is that doctors have a limited arsenal. For a typical sports injury — pain or tenderness in a muscle or tendon — they can’t make you recover faster. And some of the treatments doctors dispense, like cortisone shots for injured tendons, can actually slow recovery, albeit providing temporary pain relief.


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