Fast Advice

What to do for an acute muscle or joint strain/sprains?

Before you come and see us here are some simple tasks that you can do that will help make your recovery faster. In the first 48 hours of an injury our main priority is to reduce inflammation and bleeding at the injury site.

  • Rest from aggravating activities
  • Apply ice over the injured site, follow instructions for icing below
  • If possible apply a compression bandage to the site
  • Elevate the injured limb above chest height while resting
  • Seek advice for early and accurate diagnosis from us

Instructions for Ice

  • Wrap ice or cold pack in a wet towel
  • Apply ice on affected area for 20 minutes maximum
  • Lie down or support limb while applying ice
  • If advised, a heat pack may be followed after iceing

What to do for acute low back pain or neck pain?

Back and neck pain can be severely debilitating , early treatment and advice can make a big difference to your symptoms. Here are some things you can do before your appointment.

  • Rest from aggravating activities such as driving, computer work or lifting
  • ‘Unload’ your back or neck by finding your most comfortable position. This may be lying on your side or back with knees bent up for low back pain. For neck pain sit reclined with a soft collar or rolled up towel under you neck to support the weight of your head.
  • Talk to your pharmacist for appropriate pain relieving medication