Have you ever slept funny and woke up with a stiff neck, rolled your ankle while running and couldn't bend it afterward or strained your back lifting some boxes and could hardly stand up straight afterward? If you have ever found yourself in this situation you may have thought about taking some pain relievers, resting and waiting for it to get better or loosen up. If you did, you are not alone in making a bad mistake.
The American Journal of Medicine reports that there is a high incidence of osteoarthritis (degeneration) that can be seen on x-ray within 5 years after experiencing restricted motion from injuries to the muscles, ligaments, tendons, joints and fascia.
So what is the correct approach? I suggest that no matter how minor you may think your injury is, if you have stiffness and a lack of mobility you get in to see a chiropractor to get an adjustment which will mobilize the injury to help avoid unnecessary accelerated aging & degeneration.