Acute/recent strains and injuries
Pain from a recent strain or injury or sometimes for no apparent reason, can be mild, moderate or severe depending on the nature of the condition. It is always a good idea to have it investigated by a medical practitioner if it’s severe for whatever reason. Once the symptoms have calmed down it should be clearer to see what is going on.
The length of time acute pain lasts
This will depend on the severity of the strain or injury. In most cases the severity of the pain will be reduced in 72 hours (the inflammatory period). After this period, the pain experienced in mild cases will have almost disappeared, even though the pain felt awful initially. In the acute stage it can be difficult to fully understand what is going on, so you may well be advised to follow the following rule: (P.R.I.C.E) Protect, Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation of the affected area until the symptoms have eased.
Once the symptoms of pain have eased, it is a good idea to encourage gentle movement in the affected area. At various stages within the healing process, greater movement will be encouraged to prevent tightening. In the leg, for example, after P.R.I.C.E and gentle movements, you would be encouraged to do weight-bearing exercise such as varied walking e.g. forwards, backwards, to the side and in a figure of eight circuit, to improve your co-ordination, and finally building strength into the affected area for a return to your chosen activities.
Why treatment may be necessary
Following a strain or injury it is possible that you could be more susceptible to the same complaint recurring, even if you have followed strict rehabilitation guide lines. This is because the body will lay down scar tissue in response to a strain or injury. This results in binding down of adjacent layers of soft tissues, and a gluing down of the nerves, muscle and joints.
What treatment can do for you
When nerves, which are designed to glide through soft tissues, become bound down, the following symptoms often occur: pain on movement, muscle cramps and tightening of muscles or muscle spasm. When muscles tighten or go into spasm the joint surfaces close up and become stiffer. The result can be long-term pain, stiffness and an increased risk of re-injury.
Unresolved pain, strain and injury
Conditions which have not been eased by other forms of treatment, may be significantly improved with VJ Barnes Osteopathy. The aim here is to make a diagnosis based on a detailed medical history, including how the complaint first developed, its duration and what prior tests and scans have been carried out. After this a suitable treatment approach can be implemented.
To prevent your injury becoming a recurring problem you should have the injury investigated by a suitable osteopath.
The VJ Barnes Clinic has many years experience of successfully treating these conditions with osteopathy.