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Managing Old & New Injuries

Enjoying the outdoors more can bring attention to any old injuries and potentially cause new ones.

Spending more time outdoors exercising can result in injuries such as sprains or strains. The terms sprain and strain are often used interchangeably when discussing a painful injury to an area near a bone. However, they are caused by different types of injury to different types of tissue.

A strain is caused by an injury to a muscle or tendon from overuse, causing chronic strains, or from a twist to that area causing an acute strain. Common chronic strains are back injuries and tennis elbow. An acute strain is often caused by twisting or a blow to that area, such as a hamstring strain. Most minor strains heal within two weeks, but moderate to severe strains may take some months to heal the damage to ruptured muscle fibres.

A sprain is an injury to a ligament, commonly from overstretching the ankles or wrists after a fall. Sprains may be mild with a little pain on movement of the area and no long-term effects. Moderate to severe sprains result in tears to the ligament with bruising, swelling and difficulty putting weight or pressure on that area because of the pain.

If it has been a while since you have engaged in physical activity it is recommended that you ease into it to allow your body time to adjust and less likely to injure yourself. Working on your fitness and building yourself up to a full game, walk, hike or run, especially if you are prone to injury or are managing an existing one. Having the correct gear will also mean you will be less likely to become injured.

If you do become injured, treating mild sprains and strains is largely about reducing the damage, swelling and pain. Standard treatment for both is the same and is usually referred to as RICERest, Ice, Compression and Elevation.

We have many different types of supports and elastic wraps to support injuries in different areas. We can advise you on selecting a supporting wrap which is the correct size for your body and injury. 

We can also provide advice about the best compression product to ease injuries, as well as the right pain-relieving treatments to ensure that you can recover from your injury and rehabilitate the injured area to prevent further sprains and strains in the future.

Disclaimer: This article provides general information only. It is not intended as medical or health advice and should not be relied on as a substitute for consultation with a qualified healthcare professional who understands your individual medical needs.

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