Recovering from an injury or operation is always a physical challenge, and that’s what Cairnhill Physiotherapy is here to support with. We take a holistic approach to injury recovery and rehabilitation. However, there is another aspect of recovery that is too often overlooked. Accidents and injuries can lead to post-traumatic stress symptoms, such as nightmares, anxiety and depression. Here’s how an injury can affect your mental health and how that can, in turn, affect your recovery.
An injury can have a significant impact on your ability to work or engage in your life, leading to a shift in your mental health. Reduced movement can make it hard to leave the house, socialise, and maintain social connections. Severe injuries may cause depression, while others may develop post-traumatic stress disorder. Mental illness does not discriminate. It can affect anyone, no matter how minor or severe the injury was.
Poor mental health can impact various aspects of your life, even if you are not injured. However, if you are injured, it can be particularly harmful to your recovery. Your state of mind can dictate how quickly you recover from a physical setback. The poorer your outlook and the more psychological stress you are under, the longer your healing period may be, which could also magnify your discomfort and slow your return to your usual activities. A lack of professional support post-injury could prolong the threat of injury, even those that are minor.
Dealing with the emotional effects of a physical setback can be a challenge. It is common to wonder “why me?” and think “if only I had done things differently.” Our physiotherapists take the take to listen and understand your physical and emotional needs, offering holistic support and treatment to help you back to full health sooner.
If you are experiencing feelings of anxiousness, depression, PTSD or any other mental concerns due to an injury, get in touch with Cairnhill Physiotherapy today. Book an appointment and speak to an expert to better understand your injury, the recovery period and process, and speak to a professional about your situation. Contact our friendly team now.