SPORTS MEDICINE AND REHABILITATION PAIN
Sports Medicine is glamorous name for physical rehabilitation following
minor to serious injury trauma from accidents, sports and other manners
of suffering. The ultimate goal of sports medicine is rapid healing and
preventative medicine or preventative injury in sports with physical
activities designed for physical fitness.
"Rehabilitation pain" is a term Dr. Jensen coined decades
ago to describe the difference between proactive physical activities while
and the more common, do-nothing, "use-plenty-of-pain-medication"
approach to recovery. The downside to proactive or aggressive
rehabilitation is that re-injury pain is very similar to rehabilitation
pain. Many argue that purposely produced pain is masochistic or
However, to achieve one's best and to surpass that
level of best -- e.g. if one can lift five pounds five times before fatigue
or pain sets in -- it is that very pain (the tearing down of tissues)
that rebuilds tissues and allows one to soon lift ten pounds ten times.
Thus, today's best becomes a warm-up activity to the future or
new best, a potential endless spectrum of greater achievement.
has an automatic internal unconsciousness to
re-injury. Rehabilitation pain is similar to the above example. The
problem with pain medication is that it suppresses healing at the
injury/trauma site where the mind is capable of establishing pain
management and rapid repair. One is able to heal more quickly and
completely when one is willing to experience rehabilitation pain,
particularly at the trauma
site, and to distinguish between re-injury pain and rehabilitation
rapid healing is not a pursuit of pain, but rather a higher order of
awareness, one which involves self-empowerment or self-improvement, not
suffering. It is the act of setting a limit today, a threshold that
cannot be crossed today. But tomorrow or the day after, it will be
Dr. Jensen has worked with many individual and team
at the Olympic and professional level, some gold, silver and bronze
medalists. Each individual and each team member was taught to deal with
personal pain, workout and physical conditioning pain, and competition pain, and
to rise to the level of excellence within his or her potential.
these athletes were injured in their sport, during training or
competition or in traffic accidents and other common traumas that
befall all of us. In every case, those that considered retirement from
competition prior to treatment went on to even greater success at their
respective level, whether at the university, Olympic,
professional or physical fitness levels. Thus, their injuries became a
cornerstone for greater success.