INJURY ADVICE

Dislocations

A dislocation happens when a force pushes one bone of a joint over the other. A dislocation should be put back in place as soon as possible by a trained professional.

Treating a dislocation
Seek urgent medical help to put the joint back in place.
Do not use ice or heat on the joint until it has been popped back in.
Once the dislocated joint has been popped back in it will usually need to be immobilised for some time with a splint or brace to give the joint capsule, tendons and ligaments time to heal.

Follow RICE (Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate) to reduce the swelling and pain once the dislocated joint has been put back in place.

Information courtesy of Cole’s therapy & injury clinic

Strains

A muscle strain or ‘pulled’ muscle happens when you tear some of the hundreds of thousands of muscle fibres that make up a muscle. If you’ve only torn a few then you might not feel much pain and perhaps just a bit of localised stiffness. If you do some serious damage then you might notice a gap or indent in the muscle, bruising around or below the pain site, and have trouble using that muscle. A grade 3 muscle strain is Read More…

Sciatica

The diagnosis of ‘sciatica’ means that there is inflammation of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve supplies information about movements to the leg, and sends information about sensations back to the brain. The sciatic nerve is quite large, in fact, it is the largest peripheral nerve in the body.
The sciatic nerve is Read More…

Achilles tendonosis/tendonitus

What is commonly referred to as Achilles Tendonitis in runners, is more properly called Achilles Tendinosis as no inflammation of the tendon is present in this condition. The injury is characterised by heel pain felt behind the ankle which causes limping. After diagnosis, a suitable Read More…

Broken bones

Fractures, or broken bones usually take a minimum of six weeks to heal, and will normally need to be immobilised to ensure they heal properly.

Treating a broken bone

Always seek medical attention if you suspect a broken bone.
Do not apply heat over a suspected broken bone. Don’t apply ice to an open fracture (where the bone has pierced the skin) but get urgent medical attention.

Information courtesdy of Cole’s therapy & injury clinic

Tendonitus

Tendonitis is considered an overuse injury caused by repetitive loading of a tendon exceeding the ability of the tendon to handle the load. Repetitive loading of a tendon can breakdown otherwise normal tissue resulting in pain, swelling, and decreased functional ability of the associated joint.

Common causes of tendonitis include the following: Read More…

Trapped nerve

Sometimes nerves become compressed or irritated by other structures in the body. They become pinched between tight muscles and bones, or irritated by friction with other structures. This can cause pain, numbness, tingling or pins and needles. Read More…

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