This addresses physical trauma, sprain, strain or twist caused by a specific one-off 'event', that is followed by pain/discomfort/swelling and altered function.
Timely intervention after an acute injury supports the healing process and ensures a more straightforward path through the various phases towards rehabilitation.
Intervention at this level is rehabilitation.
Occasionally acute injury require *immediate medical assessment.
These indicators are definitive red flags:
- Inability to take pressure
- Numbness / Pins & Needles
Note: that's not a comprehensive list, but these are of serious consequence.
Please seek out immediate attention!
Phases of Healing
- Inflammatory Phase
First phase of tissue healing -
(up to 3-6 days afterwards)
RICE - Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation.
New Collagen repairing damaged tissue -
(from 6 days to six weeks)
Encourage blood supply with gentle mobility and loading exercises in a progressive manner.
Third phase of tissue healing -
(6 weeks up to 12 months and beyond)
Strengthening and building resilience of collagen at repair site.