Relative rest from activity. The degree of rest depends on level of usual activity
and severity of injury.
Apply ice, wrapped in a damp cloth, to area for maximum of 15 minutes Remove and repeat after an hour. Beware of ice if skin is broken, you are diabetic or suffer from poor circulation.
A compression bandage applied by a qualified individual prevents further swelling and bruising. This needs to be applied correctly or can cause further problems. A correctly sized and applied tubi-
Elevation with the limb well supported helps gravity to remove excess swelling.
Early intervention in the form of carefully applied stretches and subsequent strengthening exercises can speed recovery. Consult your local chartered therapist or ring the clinic for advise.
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