How to Heal: Sprains, Strains & other soft tissue injuries
Published: July 8, 2020 by Family Practice Staff Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is general advice only and is not a substitute for medical advice. Please consult with your doctor or health professional regarding any injuries or medical concerns.
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Treatment: When should you see your GP about a soft tissue injury?
For minor sprains and strains the RICE treatment (Rest, ice, compression, elevation) should help alleviate symptoms at home. Anti-inflammatory medication, like ibuprofen, can also reduce swelling if you are able to use this type of medication.
More moderate injuries may require more treatment. Your doctor may recommend ultrasound or MRI imaging to determine the extent of an injury. In severe cases surgery may be required to repair partial or complete tears. X-rays are generally only used when there is evidence of or a reasonable possibility that a fracture occurred.
If your symptoms worsen despite using the RICE treatment or you experience significant pain or a substantial reduction in motion/use you should consult your doctor or health professional. Your GP can provide personalised advice and treatment to help you manage a troubling injury. The information contained in this article is general advice only.
Learn more about the risk factors that may affect you, and possible prevention strategies in Sports Medicine Australia’s Soft Tissue Injuries fact sheet.
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