So the seasonal bad weather is upon us and so in this month’s article I thought I would talk about immediate post injury/first aid care for soft tissue injuries and with the frosty and snowy weather on its way it can often be a hazardous time.
We do see an increase in injuries such as soft tissue injuries for example ligament injuries from patients slipping and falling in the cold and icy conditions. Obviously, the best form of treatment is prevention so just simple things like making sure you have the appropriate shoes on and make sure paths in and around your property are gritted.
If a fall or injury does occur, here are some tips to help ease the pain. Most of you will have heard of RICE this is an acronym for Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation and is essential for management of soft tissue injuries.
Rest is essential to help take the strain off tissues which are trying to heal. Rest will prevent further swelling, pain and further injury. It should be used for a period of time which enables the limb or body part to allow restoration of function.
Ice can be a valuable treatment in easing pain and reducing inflammation and swelling. Controlling the swelling can reduce the risk of increased scar tissue build up and further joint irritation. It is recommended that we ice for around 15 minutes at a time for up to 48-72 hours post injury. It is important to make sure you have good sensation as if you haven’t you are at risk of ice burns. A good tip is to place a thin damp tea towel between the skin and ice and this will act as a barrier to the skin preventing ice burns.
This again is useful in controlling swelling and managing pain. There are various supports and braces available but a simple tub grip stocking from your local chemist will suffice. Usually used for extended periods but never through the night.
This is where the body part is placed in an elevated position to aid venous blood flow to aid in the reduction of swelling and in turn reducing pain.
Remember if you do injure yourself and the pain and dysfunction is severe, it is advisable to seek medical attention. All our physiotherapists are state registered and qualified to assess and treat soft tissue injuries.
If you are concerned about your mobility or the mobility issues of a friend or loved one, we do have a physiotherapist who specialises in mobility problems. She can provide specific exercises, balance re-education and falls prevention advice, which can help rehabilitate and maximise potential. This type of therapy can be carried out at the clinic or in comfort of your own home through our home visiting service.
If you do require advice or would like to book an appointment, please call our reception on 01952462330 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our contact page.