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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>>>
Complaining about how much your neck hurts won't get it better. Do something about and don't become a pain in the neck!
Neck pain needn't be a problem if you get the right treatment and advice. We can help you resolve the problem whether your neck pain is the result of a traumatic injury such as a whiplash or it has just developed over time from the stress and strain of daily activities.

What causes neck pain?
Most neck pain does not have one simple cause, but is a result of a range of conditions that affect joints, muscles, tendons and the other tissues in the neck. Factors that can contribute include tension and sustained or repetitive activity, such as using the telephone a lot, sitting at computer screens or in front of the television, playing a musical instrument, and long-distance driving.If the neck has moved suddenly and unexpectedly (as in a car accident), the pain may be due to an injury, commonly known as whiplash.

How can physiotherapy help?
Physiotherapists are highly skilled at helping people with neck pain. We will examine your neck and explain how you can manage the pain, contribute to your own recovery and prevent the problem from recurring.

What can we do to help?
We will ask lots of questions, assess how your neck is working and affecting your life, watch your movements and feel your neck. Any treatment is likely to include:

• exercises to do at home
• posture and lifestyle advice, and activities to avoid.
• relaxation techniques

It may also include:

• some manual therapy
• applying heat or cold to the affected area
• acupuncture

Call us today: waiting times for appointments are short. Most likely, we'll be able to see you within 24 hours or sooner.


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