Olympic athletes often push their bodies to the limits, so it’s not surprising many of these individuals suffer from chronic pain. Whether an injury or years of vigorous training caused the injury, some of the top athletes in the world suffer from chronic pain. Carin Jennings Gabarra is one such individual.
Chronic Pain Can Come From Nowhere
Carin Jennings Gabarra is best known as a member of the 1996 US Women’s Gold Medal soccer team. Her pain doesn’t seem to stem from an injury sustained while playing. Carin simply went for a jog one day and her back seized up, causing her to double over in pain. Physical therapy did not treat the pain enough to allow her to perform, so she relies on nerve block injections.
Every Athlete and Treatment is Different
In Carin’s case, due to her active lifestyle as a professional soccer player and coach for the Naval Academy women’s soccer team, she does not have the time to deal with surgeries and long recovery times. She may choose to undergo surgery later in life. Instead, she chooses injections designed to numb the nerve, preventing it from sending pain signals to the brain. For other athletes, other pain treatments may prove beneficial. Physical therapy help, depending on the causes of chronic pain.
Control Your Pain
Whether you are a professional athlete or just enjoy the occasional pickup basketball game, you don’t have to experience constant pain. At Pain Stops Clinics, professionals can work with you to identify the best course of action and a unique treatment plan.