The physical impairment and ongoing pain that results from an overuse injury are also likely to deeply affect emotional well-being. The loss of physical ability and the changes of lifestyle that occur can lead to a state of grief which may go unrecognised. Many emotions characterise the grieving process from anger and other intense emotions, to apathy, hopelessness and depression.

“Grief can be a shattering experience. It may leave an ache which is always there, but at the same time can reveal things about ourselves, make us re-assess the things that matter and get a new perspective on life. And in a strange way, the loss gives us something and does not only take away.” – Sheila Kitsinger

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