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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>>>
Muscle strains can occur when a muscle is forcibly stretched beyond its limits usually as a result of a sudden movement
What are the symptoms of a strained muscle?

A strained muscle will initially cause pain which will affect physical function such as standing, walking and climbing the stairs. Depending on the extent of the injury people may also experience swelling, redness and bruising

Depending on their severity, we categorise muscle strains into 3 grades

GRADE 1: This is a mild strain which requires 2 to 3 weeks rest.

GRADE 2 : The muscle is not completely ruptured but there is extensive damage to more muscle fibres, The rest period required is usually between 3 and 6 weeks.

GRADE 3: This is a complete muscle rupture. In a sports person this will usually require surgery to repair the muscle. The rehabilitation time is around 3 months.

Be aware that if the strain is not rehabilitated fully and the individual continues to play sport or participate in strenuous activities the strain could worsen. Ignoring the problem or continuing to use the injured muscle could potentially cause further damage and prolonging the recovery period.

Physiotherapy for a strained muscle

Our treatment takes in account your specific needs aims to enhance the speed of your recovery and your return to sport or daily activities as soon as it is safe to do so.

We will conduct a thorough physical examination to assess the extent of your injury, your current functional ability and develop a personalised treatment programme which include:

• Reducing the pain
• Reducing the swelling
• Improving muscle strength
• Improving balance
• Ultrasound to accelerate healing
• Graded muscle stretching to obtain pain free range of movement
• Soft tissue massage to relieve pain and stiffness
• Muscle strengthening exercises
• Functional retraining tailored to your activity or sport
• Advice on graded return to activity
• Reducing the likelihood of re-injury

If you are concerned about a muscle strain or need any advice please give us a call and put your trust in the hands of the professionals… we have built a reputation for getting results and successfully treating people like you ............ Call us now
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