When faced with a sports injury, recovering fully and quickly isn’t all down to plasters and paracetamol. Following the correct protocols and procedures can mean the difference between a full recovery and a lingering injury.
Pace yourself, don’t push yourself
The best thing you can do for any injury is rest it. Putting pressure and strain on an injury that’s not had the proper time or circumstances to heal can increase the damage, prolong your pain and lengthen the recovery time needed, which is counterproductive. The biggest objection to resting an injury is the “use it or lose it” mentality, wherein those suffering from injuries under-rest and rush back into exercise, in fear that they will become out of shape. Pushing yourself before you’re physically ready can cause an injury to become long-term, which is something nobody wants.
Elevate to accumulate
Elevating swollen injuries helps to reduce swelling and the accompanying heat and pain often experienced. Swelling is the result of an accumulation of fluids in the tissue of and around the affected area. When an injury occurs, swelling takes place as the first step in healing, as the fluids that accumulate around the area contain white blood cells, which help in healing our bodies.
Keep it cool
Aside from elevation, applying cold to the affected area - usually in the form of ice - can also help in calming swelling. The ice helps to dull the pain of your injury, which is mostly due to the heat that accompanies inflammation and swelling. It’s recommended that the source of cold you are using on your injury be wrapped in a towel to avoid ice burn, and that the injuries are iced every two to three hours for 15-20 minutes each time.
As a method for reducing inflammation and swelling, bandages, sports tape and supports can compress the injury and make it more stable and less painful. Compression also helps to reduce internal bleeding in the soft tissue, and is generally helpful in decreasing the pain you experience whilst protecting the injury from being further damage.
Pain shouldn't be ignored
There is a wide range of pain relief available to treat many injuries. Don’t ignore your pain as it may lead to further issues in the future. Pain relief is an important part of recovery, as it allows you to mentally recover as well as physically.
As always please seek medical advice for your injury. We have a wide range of products available to aid your rehabilitation, as well to help prevent injuries in the first place, browse our range today.