It is likely that, over a long enough timeline, every grappler will sustain some type of moderate to severe musculoskeletal injury. The fear that years of training will leave you in pieces later in life can be a constant worry for Jiu-Jitsu and MMA athletes at every level of their journey.
When rehabbing from injuries, many athletes and/or their doctors and therapists settle for good enough. Depending on the sport, they may be able to get away with it. In grappling, of course, good enough won't be good enough. It will show up on the mat though biomechanical dysfunction, instability, bad movement patterns and more.
When I'm rehabbing from an injury, big or small, I'm determined to resolve the problem completely and learn more in the process. I believe that the development of an athletes ability to evaluate treat their own injuries is often parallel to the development of their athletic skill level. In the process of recovery and rebuilding from an injury, you should become your own best therapist. It's my job to show you how. -Matt Colby