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What to do in the first few days after an injury

This brief guide is only provided for general information. Always get medical advice if you are at all concerned. Contact us for free injury specific advice
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.

If you suffer from any joint or muscle problem - Physiotherapy can help relieve your pain and get you moving again.
Enjoying life to the fullest can be difficult when you have persistent aches or discomfort. Physiotherapy is a non-invasive form of treatment that addresses problems in joints, discs, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves that cause pain, stiffness and weakness. We can also help in the management of a wide variety of conditions, for instance rehabilitation following surgery or major injury or illness.

Highly Skilled
All of the Therapists are recruited on the basis of their diagnostic, treatment, and personal qualities and have specialised education in a variety of sciences – physics, human anatomy, human movement, to name just a few so they really do know how you body works.

All our Physiotherapists are members of the Health Professions Council and Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. This ensures you are seeing a professional who has completed a degree or masters level approved course and is governed by set standards and a strict Professional Code of Conduct.

Getting you back into action

It may be a surprise to learn that the single most effective tool we employ in the treatment process are our ears. You know your body best and what you need to achieve so before we suggest any treatment we listen to what you have to say.

Only then can we make judgements as to how we can help - everybody is unique so every treatment approach must be tailored to meet your individual needs.

We will first explain your problem to you in a way you can understand to give you peace of mind and then agree the best plan of action your pain or get you active again as fast as possible

Stage 1: Relief Care
If you are in pain our first objective is to get you pain free as soon as possible. Each individual is unique so it’s difficult to estimate how many sessions in total you may need but you can rest assured that our aims are the same as yours - to relieve your pain and get you better as quickly as possible.

Stage 2: Rehabilitation
During the rehab stage, muscles and other tissues are encouraged heal and strengthen completely. This will help prevent a re-occurrence of the problem or injury. Typically you might need up to 4-8 sessions, depending on your overall health and the severity of your problems.

Stage 3: Wellness Care
While your body heals we will teach you how to avoid future problems and address any lifestyle issues like weight loss and how to live a more active and fulfilling life.

We Are Well Connected
We also have excellent links with some of London's top and Rheumatology Consultants and Diagnostic Imaging Centres so if further investigation is required we can arrange fast-track access to all you will need.

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