Frank Mikulka's Weekly Fitness Tip
Hurt at the Gym? When to See the Doctor.
August 22, 2006

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My son works out 5-6 days weekly. My question is because he always seems to hurt himself, when should a doctor be seen? (Concerned Mother)

Learning to listen to your body is a reliable source if anything is wrong. Common sense and intuition will help you out. Here are some general guidelines for when your son should see a doctor.

  • Pain – Any injury that causes severe pain. Pain is nature’s way of saying something is wrong with the body and needs to be addressed.
  • All joint injuries – Any injury to the joint or ligaments should be checked and examined by a physician. Immobilize the joint until you get to the doctor.
  • Loss of Function – If you cannot move for example, a limb, ankle or finger, then you have loss of function.
  • Persisting Pain – Pain in a joint or bone that persists for longer than two weeks.
  • Not Healing – Any injury that doesn’t heal in three weeks. For example, any infection in or under the skin manifested by pus, red streaks, swollen lymph nodes or fever. Note: a physician will prescribe antibiotics which generally bring quick relief.

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