WHAT ARE THE EARLY WARNING SIGNS OF AN INJURY?
While some injuries are immediately apparent, other injuries can creep up slowly and progressively get worse. If you don’t pay attention to both types of injuries, chronic problems can develop.
EARLY INJURY WARNING SIGNS:
Joint pain, especially the knee, ankle, elbow and wrist, should never be ignored. Because these joints are not covered by muscle, pain here is rarely of muscular origin. Joint pain that lasts more than 48 hours requires a professional diagnosis.Tenderness
If you can reproduce your pain at a specific point in a bone, muscle or joint, by pressing your finger on it, you may have a significant injury. If the same spot on the other side of the body does not produce the same pain, you should probably see your health professional.Swelling
Nearly all sports or musculoskeletal injuries cause some degree of swelling. Swelling is usually quite obvious and can be seen, but occasionally you may just feel as though something is swollen or “full” even though it look normal. Swelling usually goes along with pain, redness and heat. Reduced Range of Motion
If swelling isn’t obvious, you can usually find it by checking for a reduced range of motion in a joint. If there is significant swelling within a joint, you will lose range of motion. Compare one side of the body with the other to identify major differences. If there are any, you probably have an injury that needs attention.Weakness
Compare sides for weakness by performing the same task. One way to tell is to lift the same weight with the right and left side and look at the result. Or try to place body weight on one leg and then the other. A difference in your ability to support your weight is another suggestion of an injury that requires attention.
IMMEDIATE INJURY TREATMENT:
- Stop the activity immediately.
- Wrap the injured part in a compression bandage.
- Apply ice to the injured part (use a bag of crushed ice or a bag of frozen vegetables).
- Elevate the injured part to reduce swelling.
- Consult your health practitioner for a proper diagnosis of any serious injury.
- Rehabilitate your injury under professional guidance.
- Seek a second opinion if you are not improving.
Of course – the professional Melbourne Osteopaths at Premier Health Partners can certainly assist you with a) diagnosis and b) treatment of your injury.