Injury Rehabilitation

Written by Brett Harrop


How to use CrutchesWhy use crutches? If used correctly, crutches can accelerate the healing of certain injuries by reducing potentially detrimental weight bearing forces during walking or standing. This allows healing to take place in the absence of further tissue damage, thereby accelerating recovery. Crutches may also improve mobility and walking technique. In addition, patients who use crutches…Ice or Heat ?Should I use ice or heat to treat my injury? It is often difficult for patients to determine whether ice or heat treatment is appropriate for an injury. Whilst heat often provides immediate comfort and relief, it may actually be causing more harm than good. Likewise, incorrect use of ice may also prolong injury recovery.…Inflammatory PainWhat is inflammatory pain? Inflammatory pain is a generic term given to pain that occurs in association with an inflammatory response and typically last 48 – 72 hours following injury or injury aggravation. Part of the inflammatory response is the accumulation of swelling and chemicals that cause pain in the injured tissue. The accumulation of…InvestigationsThere are many investigations that doctors and physiotherapists utilize to help determine a patient’s diagnosis. They are usually used to help confirm or eliminate a suspected diagnosis following clinical examination. The most common investigations utilized in sports medicine and musculoskeletal physiotherapy include: X-ray MRI CT Scan Bone Scan Ultrasound Figure 1 – Investigations (X-ray of…Mechanical PainWhat is mechanical pain? Mechanical pain is a general term given to pain that can be relieved or provoked with certain activities or positions that place specific forces on damaged tissue. Patients with mechanical pain typically experience symptoms during provocative activities (that are often reproducible) and little or no symptoms when these forces are removed.…R.I.C.E.R.I.C.E. Injury treatment For all musculoskeletal injuries, such as sprains and strains, immediate, appropriate treatment (R.I.C.E.) during the first 72 hours following injury is vital for an optimal outcome. Figure 1 – R.I.C.E Regime What is R.I.C.E.? R.I.C.E. stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation and should be implemented as first aid treatment in the initial stage…Return to RunningThe ‘Return to Running Program’ as outlined below, is designed to slowly return patients to running following injury. The gradual, progressive approach of this program gives the body an opportunity to continue healing without causing further damage. Please ensure you carefully read this document fully and discuss the suitability of the program with your physiotherapist…Return to SportFor most injuries, a graduated return to sport can occur in the final stages of rehabilitation, provided there is no increase in symptoms. This transition should be carefully monitored by the treating physiotherapist to minimise the risk of injury recurrence and maximise the chance of a successful return to sport. The stages involved in returning…Understanding PainFor optimal recovery following injury, it is important to address any factors which may impact the recovery process. Whilst most injuries are caused by physical forces, such as trauma or overuse, other social, biological, cultural, environmental and psychological factors such as the way we think about our injuries can play a significant role in accelerating…Why is My Injury not Improving?Preventing a Chronic Injury Although most injuries heal well with appropriate rehabilitation and Physiotherapy treatment, some injuries persist well beyond expected tissue healing times. In these situations, an injury that should heal relatively quickly can turn into a chronic injury lasting many months or in some cases years. ‘Chronic’ pain is commonly defined as pain…
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