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What to do in the first few days after an injury

Following an injury don't do anything that reproduces your pain for the initial two or three days. 

After that, you need to get it moving or other problems will develop.

Our physios can diagnose your problem and give you a clear indication of your best course of action.

Researchers have found that in most cases early physio intervention for acute soft tissue injuries is very beneficial  
Ice should be applied for the first two or three days following an injury such as ligament sprains, muscle tears or bruising.

Apply ice for 20 minutes every two to three hours for the first few days until the "heat" comes out of the injury.

Always place a cloth between the ice and your skin.
Avoid heat (and heat rubs) in the first 48 hours of injury. Heat will encourage bleeding at the site of the injury if used too early.

Apply heat with a heat pack for 20 minutes a few times a day to increase the blood flow and hasten your healing rate.

Heat will also help your muscles relax and ease your pain.

This brief guide is only for general information. If you are at all concerned about any aspect of your injury you should always seek medical advice. For free injury specific advice Contact us>>>
Most football injuries result from a collision or landing awkwardly from a jump. However, up to a third of all problems are due to overuse so get advice before it develops into a real problem.

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Accurate diagnosis and football specific rehab is a vital to ensure the fastest and safest return to the game. The idea that player is completely cured once the pain has subsided and treatments on the physio couch are over is simply outdated.

Sports specific rehab that includes strengthening and flexibility exercises must be undertaken to ensure the injury site returns to a fully functional state and/or to ensure that the original cause of the injury is eliminated. Towards the end of the recovery process is perhaps the most crucial time: it's when the transition from rehab to normal training takes place and can if not managed correctly result in 'flare up' of the old injury or even a new injury

Our Physiotherapy team are highly experienced in the treatment of football injuries and have worked, and are working, at the highest Professional Academy and Amateur levels and all their treatment room skills and rehabilitation knowledge is readily available to you.

So whatever your age or ability or whether you have a broken metatarsal, ruptured cruciate ligament or simply twisted your ankle playing the 'beautiful game', we can help you get back to playing again with renewed confidence, strength, flexibility, agility and endurance.


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