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Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Plano

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Exercise, Therapy or Surgery? 

Has an injury sidelined you?

Take our quiz to find the right course of action.

When it comes to making a full recovery, getting the right treatment at the right time is key. Whatever your injury, this quiz will help you decide what your next step should be.

1. How long ago did the injury occur?

a. Just recently, and it was the first injury I’ve had like it.
b. Recently, but it’s a recurring one.
c. A few months ago, but I still have pain or difficulty.

2. How severe is or was your injury?

a. Some light bruising (or none at all) and mild pain.
b. Bruising, swelling or pain that subsided in six weeks or less.
c. Severe discoloration (blue-gray extremities), severe bruising, swelling and  
    pain lasting several weeks or more.

3. What effect has the injury had on your life?

a. Not much; it’s getting better with RICE (rest, ice, compression and
b. It’s frustrating, and it’s getting in the way of doing the things I love.
c. I regularly modify my activities around my injury.


Mostly A's: Exercise
After the initial bruising, swelling and pain subside, Charles Toulson, M.D., medical director of the Total Joint Replacement Center at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Plano, recommends cautiously returning to light exercise as you feel comfortable, and calling your doctor if something doesn’t feel right.

Mostly B’s: Therapy
Repeat injuries usually indicate a prior injury wasn’t treated properly the first time. Physical therapy is likely your best bet for making a full recovery, once and for all. “There’s also a chance that a combination of surgery and physical therapy may be the right course of action,” Dr. Toulson says.

Mostly C’s: Surgery
“Injuries this severe and slow-to-heal are usually the result of broken bones, torn ligaments or prior injuries that should have received more aggressive treatment in the past,” Dr. Toulson says. “A good orthopedic surgeon can figure out what’s really going on and determine the next steps for therapy, surgery and beyond.”


Still unsure of the next steps for healing your injury? Our experts can help. To set up an appointment at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Plano, call 1.800.4BAYLOR.