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Acute Injury Management

What is considered a soft tissue injury?

Soft tissue injuries include:
  • Sprained ligaments
  • Muscle Strains
  • Contusions (aka corks)

What do I do if I have sustained a soft tissue injury?

For soft tissue injuries the first 2 days are important for a speedy recovery.

For any soft tissue injuries follow RICER for 48-72 hours and avoid HARM.

R
Rest
For 48 hours
I
Ice
20mins on / 20mins off for 2 hrs; then 20mins every 4 hours
C
Compression
Use a bandage – ensure you do not wear it overnight
E
Elevation
Use pillows to help elevate the area
R
Referral
See a Physio ASAP for appropriate treatment and rehab
H
Heat
Causes increased swelling
A
Alcohol
Increases swelling and bleeding
R
Running
Increased blood flow and swelling, may damage tissue further
M
Massage
May cause further damage

Get an assessment with one of our Physiotherapists! There are different grades of sprains & strains which have different treatment directives and healing timeframes.

Most injuries to joints can have a multiple of structures that can be causing your pain

Assessment is vital to differentiate what is causing YOUR pain, as treatment and prognosis is very different depending on the cause.

Do not stretch a suspected torn muscle until guided by your Physiotherapist, this can tear the muscle further if it is not ready!!

Want specific advice for your individual situation? Make an appointment today on (07) 3846 4800.

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