The way to fix an injury is to continue hurting it further in minor ways. But not in such a way that it becomes a chronic weakness. My horrific hamstring tear of 2 years ago is constantly being strategically re-hurt through spin class, hot yoga, squats occasionally, and hockey.
By fighting fire with fire, and doing the exact opposite of one’s first impulse, which is to coddle and protect the injury, the torn seam and surrounding muscles are strengthened. That way, in cold damp weather, old war wounds don’t hound you to the grave.
On the other hand, my water skiing days are over. Water skiing is how I tore it after a long week of too much exercise. My legs were tight. And it was chilly before lifting off the dock and getting flung gracelessly feet-over-kettle.
To shock the natives, I’d brazenly drop my pants and display the vivid purple of internal bleeding from butt to ankle. You can feel the dent where the muscle ripped away from the bone.
It’s one of life’s paradoxes that building energy requires expending it, and getting strong involves activating the body’s natural ability to recuperate.
A body in motion stays in motion. So keep moving.