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Rehabilitation Hurdles: How to Overcome Common Setbacks

August 17, 20233 min read

Rehabilitation Hurdles: How to Overcome Common Setbacks


Rehabilitation is a journey, and like all journeys, it comes with its fair share of obstacles. Whether you're recovering from a sports injury, a surgical procedure, or just aiming to improve mobility, understanding these challenges can make all the difference. Here, we’ll delve into some of the most common rehabilitation hurdles and how to effectively overcome them.

1. The Mental Barrier

The Challenge: It's easy to feel defeated, especially when progress is slow or when there’s a temporary setback. Doubt and impatience can sneak in, making it hard to stick to a regimen.

The Solution: Set realistic expectations and celebrate small victories. Understand that every individual's rehabilitation journey is unique. Stay positive, seek support from loved ones, and consider counseling or joining a support group if feelings of depression or anxiety persist.

2. Pain and Discomfort

The Challenge: Pain is a natural part of the recovery process, but it can be discouraging. The fear of re-injury or exacerbating the pain can be a deterrent from continuing exercises.

The Solution: Keep open communication with your physical therapist. They can adjust your regimen to ensure you're progressing safely. Remember, there's a difference between pain and discomfort. Pushing through the latter can often lead to faster recovery, but always listen to your body.

3. Plateaus in Progress

The Challenge: There may be phases where it seems like no progress is being made, leading to feelings of stagnation.

The Solution: Reassess and adjust. Sometimes, mixing up exercises or trying a different approach can help break through plateaus. Regularly consult with your therapist to tweak your program based on your current status.

4. Time Constraints

The Challenge: With busy schedules, finding dedicated time for rehabilitation exercises can be a struggle.

The Solution: Prioritize your recovery. Schedule rehab sessions like any other essential appointment. Remember, consistency is crucial. Even if you can't dedicate a full session, doing a shortened version is better than skipping altogether.

5. Financial Strain

The Challenge: Continual therapy sessions and medical appointments can be financially burdensome.

The Solution: Work with a NEO physical therapist who will value your time and financial commitment to ensure you recover in the shortest amount of time possible.

6. Navigating Nutrition

The Challenge: Post-injury or surgery, the body needs optimum nutrition to heal, but understanding what and when to eat can be perplexing.

The Solution: Consider consulting a NEO nutritionist familiar with rehabilitation needs. They can guide on anti-inflammatory foods, protein intake, and hydration to aid your recovery.


Overcoming rehabilitation hurdles is about understanding, patience, and a dash of perseverance. Celebrate the milestones, lean on your support system, and always remember why you started this journey: to regain strength, mobility, and the joy of an active, pain-free life. Remember, every setback is a setup for an even greater comeback. Stay the course, and you'll emerge stronger on the other side.

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If you're facing challenges in your recovery, know that you're not alone and that expert guidance can make all the difference. At [Your Business Name], we offer tailor-made rehabilitation programs and cutting-edge techniques to ensure your journey is smooth and effective. Take the next step towards a pain-free, active life.

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Dr. Kelvin Lee, PT, DPT, CSCS

Dr. Kelvin Lee is a physical therapist and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist located in Los Angeles, CA. He received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine. Dr. Kelvin is an avid strength athlete who has extensive experience with both olympic weightlifting and powerlifting. Due to the intense physical demands of the sport, Kelvin has suffered numerous debilitating sport related injuries over the year; some requiring reconstructive surgery. His own rehabilitation journey led him to develop highly effective treatment methods for athletes in similar circumstances, using the latest science based hands on techniques and technologies. Kelvin has worked with many USAW, USPA, and USAPL athletes and helped them overcome their injuries. In addition to strength athletes, Dr. Kelvin has worked with boxers and MMA fighters, and is currently the physical therapy provider at Aragon Training Academy. Furthermore, he has worked with a vast number of physique based athletes and fitness professional in his practice. He recognized a lack of care in the physical therapy field for people whose goals and livelihoods depended on their physiques. Intending to bridge the gap between performance and physique rehabilitation, he developed highly effective protocols to preserve muscle and maintain body composition through injuries. In his free time, Dr. Kelvin enjoys strength training combining both aspects of powerlifting and bodybuilding commonly known as "power building". When he's not lifting at the gym, you can find him training Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at Aragon Training Academy.

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