For the last few years I have had a pain in my neck and right shoulder that has gotten progressively worse. I initially ignored it and I was able to make it through each day with minor consequences. However, during the last year this discomfort increased.When I was in the work world, I spent about half of each day at a computer. Even though, (as a Nursing Administrator), I had secretarial support to complete complex documents,I still preferred to compose my own memos, letters, or other documents on the computer. This was a time saver for me.
As time went by the discomfort in my neck could no longer be ignored. I finally went to my MD. He gave me cortisone injections in the neck which was helpful for a few weeks. When I returned to him with further complaints, he ordered an MRI.The results showed that I had a herniated disc in my neck.I was very surprised.How did this happen, I wondered?
I am bringing this to your attention, because a physical problem that is not treated can cause anyone ( especially a retiree) to suffer needlessly.How many times have we ignored health problems, and just failed to face the truth of the matter? I really got serious about getting a solution to my problem when the pain, headaches, and discomfort increased.
So here I am, months later attending Physical Therapy sessions twice weekly. If you have never had Physical Therapy, let me say that it is very effective in the long run, but painful in the short term. Therapists are trained to ensure that we stretch, and move when we do not want to. They give us seemingly simple exercises that with repetition are oh, so painful!
I am a firm believer in Physical Therapy, however. The pain is worthwhile- no pain no gain? I have had great results in the past for other conditions. There are some immediate benefits too. At the end of each session, warm, or sometimes cold compresses are applied to the injured part. Depending on the injury, a massage could even be included! Needless to say that this can be very relaxing.
I encourage all of us as we approach retirement, and at subsequent times,to follow up on our health issues.Ignorance is not bliss! There are many modalities and treatments that can help us to enjoy a healthy retirement.
I would love to hear your thoughts on this subject? Please leave me your comments.