Top 4 Reasons Why Pain Remains and Recovery May Be Slower

Pick your issue – hip pain from golf; low back pain from gardening; shoulder pain from lifting weights or playing tennis. Whatever it is, why do you still have the pain? Why can you still not use your body the way you want?  Why is it taking so long to recover from that knee surgery when your buddy got better so quickly? There may be more than one reason. Look at the list to find a better way back to the “you”, you want to be.

  1. Your expectations might not be realistic or appropriate.

    1. You might have expected your recovery rate to be faster than is realistic and to feel better sooner. You might be on the right track right now.

      Be sure to have clear, realistic expectations for how long it might take you to recover.

      Be extremely wary of everyone selling you the quick fix. You can either have quick or successful. Very rarely can you have both.

      At my exercise clinic, I tell my clients they should expect positive results every single session. That is realistic and honest. I don’t tell them how many sessions because doing so is some combination of lying and just making things up.

      Tissue healing time is very different from recovering and being able to use your body the way you want. The latter is particularly unique and therefore it is more forthcoming to give some progress expectations than a fixed deadline when they will be better.
  2. Comparing your pain &/or mobility issues to someone else’s.

    Your situation is unique to you. Even though you might share a diagnosis with someone, that does not mean you share the same timeline and degree of progress and recovery. Many things can influence how well you recover. Here are a few:

    1. Age
    2. Total body injury history
    3. Current or past diseases (ie osteoporosis, arthritis, high blood pressure, etc)
    4. Prior surgeries
    5. Current physical, psychological, and chemical stress levels
  3. Doing too much or going too hard too soon.

    Your body might have reached the ideal recovery for the moment.  The problem might have been with the type of exercise/movement recommendations given (or lack thereof).

    You might have simply done more than your body could handle. Equally important, you might have not done enough.  Without the ideal amount of stimulus, your recovery will never be as good as it could.

    This is why it is vital to work with someone highly skilled in establishing when, how much, and the types of forces your body will be ready to handle.

  4. Continuing to use an approach that is not helping or making things worse.

    This is a big one. So many people continue to use professionals because their friends said they were good, they are comfortable because they are familiar with the type of treatment, or because they are too resistant to change.

    There is also the prevalent problem of completely non-scientific/snake oil-like solutions being peddled on people while made to sound like they are the real deal. Sometimes it can be hard to tell the difference between a debunked, antiquated thought process and the real thing.

    If what you have been trying has not been yielding the results you want, try something new. Don’t just keep doing the same thing because you are familiar with it.  (click here for a short article on the thought process of a Certified Muscle System Specialist)

Be proactive and establish a relationship with a Certified Muscle System Specialist.  WE ANALYZE, INTERPRET, AND TREAT YOU COMPLETELY DIFFERENTLY. 


Jason M Weitzner, MS

Certified Medical Exercise Specialist,

Certified Muscle System Specialist

Co-Owner of Symmetry Exercise Clinic in Naples, FL

1750 J&C Blvd. Suite #10, Naples, FL 34109