Do I Need Treatment?
Some general treatments that may be helpful for your injury include:
Some minor injuries, such as sprains and strains, can often be treated at home.
Protection – protect the injured area from any further injury by using a support.
Rest – avoid exercise and reduce your daily physical activity to a minimum.
Ice – apply an ice pack to the area for 15 – 30 minutes every 2 – 3 hours.
Compression – use compression bandages to limit swelling.
Elevation – keep the affected body part raised above the level of your heart.
Painkillers, such as paracetamol, ibuprofen and other anti-inflammatory drugs can be used to ease pain and reduce swelling. Aspirin should not be given to children under 16 years old.
Immobilisation can help prevent further damage by reducing movement, for example, slings, splints and casts can be used to for injured arms, shoulders, wrists and legs while you heal.
If you’re recovering from a long-term injury you may benefit from physiotherapy. We can use techniques such as massage, manipulation and exercises to improve your range of motion, strengthen the surrounding muscles, and return the normal function of the injured area.
We can also develop an exercise regime to help strengthen the injured body part and reduce the risk of the injury happening again in the future.