If you have a joint or muscle ache, then you might well think of it as something ‘not pressing’ that you can put on the back burner. No one ever died of a knee pain right? So why leave it?
Actually, there are many reasons to get these issues addressed as soon as possible and in fact you should consider making a visit to the urgent care clinic even if you don’t feel like it’s posing you any risk.
Understanding the Kinetic Chain
To understand why this is so important, you need to understand how the body works and how it is all essentially one large ‘kinetic chain’. In other words, your muscles and joints very rarely work independently of each other and instead tend to work in unison as one larger ‘machine’.
This then means that failure at any one point in the chain is going to lead to problems further down the line. Here it really is true that the chain is only as strong as its weakest link.
If you have a bad knee then for instance, chances are that you will compensate for it by walking more heavily on the other knee. This can then in turn lead to muscle wasting on one side while you’ll build bigger obliques and other muscles on the side that is doing all the work. It can even lead to bad posture when you’re relaxing causing connective tissue to shorten.
This in turn can lead to asymmetrical force on your body, which in turn can result in more injuries and problems and potentially even cause an accident. If you ignore these chronic pains eventually you will need a trip to the urgent care clinic, so it’s better to get them seen to sooner rather than later – right?