Whether you've been in an accident at work, at home or injured yourself while working out, it's important to get the right injury rehab. Occasionally, rehab doesn't work, and it needs a reflection on why that isn't working to then change the approach. Here are six common reasons your injury rehab isn't working:

You Have Self-diagnosed Your Injury

If you are self-diagnosing via the internet, there is a good chance that what you think is going on may not be true. In fact, it could be that the root of the problem has nothing to do with the injured area at all.

Sometimes people can miss important details because they are trying to rehab themselves without having all of the necessary information and no relevant qualifications. This can lead them down a path of trying different treatments and exercises, which result in finding out later that none of them work or even make things worse!

If you have an injury, don't google it! It's best to let someone with experience and qualifications diagnose your injury correctly. This will speed up your recovery automatically, reducing wasted time on incorrect treatment.

You Are Being Impatient Or Unrealistic In Your Goals

Patience is key, and you must trust in the process. You may be eager to get back to your usual routine, but this can be detrimental to the healing process if you are impatient and do too much too soon. A good MSK therapist will coach you through setbacks and provide important reassurance in the process to help build up your strength again over time. It's also important not to compare yourself with others who have made faster recoveries than you or try too hard by pushing yourself before your body has healed properly--if a therapist says it will take 6 months for an injury to heal, use this as a guide! They are the experts! Be kind to yourself and be realistic about what is possible, given your situation.

You're Not Being Consistent

Consistency is crucial in successful injury rehab. If the patient isn't doing their exercises as regularly as they should, you can kiss any progress goodbye. This is often one of the most common reasons someone's recovery doesn't go as planned. Consistency with your prescribed exercises will ultimately make you stronger, better and pain-free. The therapist can't do this work for you; it has to come from you as the patient.

If you're investing your money and time in private therapy, give yourself the best chance of success by following the guidance and recovery plan at home.

You Have The Wrong Mindset

The first step to getting the most out of your rehab is to adopt the right mindset. This means focusing on what you can control and what is in your power instead of worrying about things that are out of your control. You should also focus on the process rather than the outcome of each workout or therapy session, as this will give you a sense of accomplishment when you complete each task successfully. When we think about our injuries as things that are preventing us from achieving our goals (e.g., "I'm not going to be able to run again"), it makes them seem insurmountable and causes us to feel hopelessness and despair--which leads nowhere good! Instead, try thinking about them as challenges that will make you stronger if they're overcome successfully.

You're Not Being Open And Honest With Your MSK Therapist

You need to be honest with your therapist. If something hurts too much or doesn't feel right, tell them so they can adjust the treatment plan accordingly--and maybe even suggest an alternative exercise if necessary! Being honest also means telling them if you haven't done what they've said. They won't shout but it will be the worst thing you can do if you don't tell them. They can't help you if you're not open with them.

Your Exercises Are Too Complicated

One of the biggest mistakes people make when they're doing rehab is trying to do too much. If you're doing a complicated exercise or series of exercises that are hard for you, it's going to be discouraging; you're not likely to do these exercises daily, and it'll then slow down your progress. It's best to keep things simple and easy so that your body can focus on healing rather than struggling with an overly complicated routine. The best effective rehab is simple and appropriate to the person's lifestyle.


In the end, it all comes down to being honest with yourself. If you're not getting better within a set time frame, then maybe it's time to stop and look at what's going wrong. Are your exercises too complicated? Are you being impatient or unrealistic with your progress? Are there other factors at play here (like stress or lack of sleep)? Or have you simply self-diagnosed and need to see a professional? If so, then maybe it's time for some serious self-reflection before starting over again from scratch!

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