If you have had an acute injury you may be able to treat it yourself at home following these simple principles.

It can be remembered by the acronym PRICE

PROTECT

Protect the injured tissue from undue stress that may disrupt the healing process and/or cause further injury, taking into account the swelling

REST

This reduces the energy requirements of the area and ensures protection of the area and optimises healing

ICE

The ice (apply immediately after injury for 20 minutes every 3-4 hours or no more than 5-10 at a time on bony areas) helps constrict

The blood vessels thereby limiting bleeding and reducing the accumulation of unnecessary scar tissue.

COMPRESSION

Ensuring the bandage is not too tight to cause pins & needles or any loss of feeling around the joint

ELEVATION

Lowers the blood pressure and helps limit bleeding and encourage drainage of fluid through the lymphatic system

If the injury is serious or persistent it is also best to seek medical attention

For further advice on this matter please contact the clinic

02920 635800 info@physiomatters.co.uk