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Post-run fatigue or injury?

24 June 2016

Even if you did everything you could to prevent an injury that ping in your knee or tweak in your foot may still pop up. Unfortunately, no one is injury-proof. Before you panic, wait to see if the pain resolves itself within 24 to 48 hours. However, if you limp or notice a change in your gait you need to stop and address the issue.

Professor Sanjiv Jari, Consultant Knee and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Surgeon at HCA The Wilmslow Hospital comments:“As with all sporting activities, proper preparation and training are vital. However, if you do suffer from a sports injury, especially a strain or sprain, there are a couple of key things that you can do within the first 24 – 48 hours to help minimise the damage, and if symptoms persist you should always get checked out by a sports injury specialist.”

Professor Jari advises following the RICE principles for strains and sprains which will help speed recovery.

REST – The first 24-48 hours after the injury are considered a critical treatment period and activities need to be curtailed.

ICE – When icing an injury, choose a cold pack, crushed ice or a bag of frozen peas wrapped in a thin towel to provide cold to the injured area. An ice massage is another extremely effective way to direct cold to the injured tissue.

COMPRESSION – Use compression when elevating a sprain or strain in early treatment. An easy way to compress the area of the injury is to wrap an ACE bandage around the swollen part. The wrap should be snug, but not cutting off circulation.

ELEVATE – Keep your sprain or strain elevated – try to get it higher than your heart if possible. Elevate at night by placing pillows under your arm or leg.

Professor Jari concludes: “After a day or two of the above treatment, many sprains, strains or other injuries will begin to heal. However, if your pain or swelling does not decrease after 48 hours, make an appointment to see your GP or a sports injury expert.”

To make an appointment with Professor Sanjiv Jari at HCA The Wilmslow Hospital, 52 Alderley Road please call 01625 545 036.

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