It’s really important to fit regular exercise into a healthy lifestyle to really feel the health benefits, but that does mean that sometimes you’ll have to deal with a sporting injury. Whether this is very simple to heal or a more serious condition, the three top treatments that you can see below should give you a starter for ten as to what to do.

The PRICE method

According to expert NHS advice, most minor injuries can be treated using the simple PRICE method initially, before seeking more urgent medical advice. PRICE is an acronym for the following five steps:

Protect the affected area from further injury via a support or bandage
Rest your injury and avoid any other exercise or physical activity that could impact on your injury further.
Ice (or a similar frozen item) should be applied for 15-20 minutes every two to three hours. Wrap the ice pack in a towel to avoid it directly touching your skin and causing an ice burn.
Compress the injury to limit swelling
Elevate the injured body part above the level of the heart whenever possible.

If you repeat this treatment for the first few days and see little or no improvement, then you can move on to the next step.

Physiotherapy

If you consult your doctor after a few days of little progress, then it’s likely they will refer you to a physiotherapist. This could be to treat muscle or joint pain, and a full assessment will be given in order to determine a tailored treatment plan. This involves a combination of techniques relating to mobilisation, manipulation, Low Level Laser Therapy and so on. This will often form part of a wider plan that will help to ease you back into a fitness programme too.

If your pain is more severe, it’s always a good idea to visit a clinic that has a biomechanics department, such as www.northwichfootclinic.co.uk. They will be able to give you a far more specialist gait analysis from their resident podiatrists, meaning that they can pinpoint any misalignments within your bony structure, and identify the cause of any lower limb or foot pain.

Alternative therapies

If you use a reputable, qualified physiotherapist, it is likely that you will come across alternative or complementary therapies that will aid what treatment they are already giving you. For example, clinical reflexology involves the stimulation of the reflexes using the variable pressure of thumbs and fingers.

It can bring a state of deep relaxation to the patient, helping to restore the natural balance and aiding patients with stress, anxiety, headaches, high blood pressure and insomnia. Or instead, you might prefer acupuncture, where small needles are inserted into the skin to stimulate the nerves and generate the body’s natural healing process.

I hope you found this post useful. If you’ve been recovering from a sporting injury, then I’d love to hear about your treatment – don’t forget to leave me a comment with your story.

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Ramnivas Kushvaha
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hold an engineering degree in chemical but his area of interest is blogging. Ramnivas authors the site personal-fitness.org where he writes about health and fitness related topics

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