With some injuries it is obvious what we should do, I have a fractured bone or a severe laceration, I go to the emergency room or urgent care center. Some injuries are not that obvious. You are working in the yard or are doing house work, you bend over and there is a pop or sharp shooting pain. You could be walking/running and roll your ankle, swinging a golf club and then your back spasms.
You ask what should I do first. One of the first things to do is apply ice. It should be applied for 20 minutes then removed for 20-30 min. Follow this regime for 24-48 hours. You can do this several times a day. You can also follow the pneumonic R.I.C.E.
R – REST
I – ICE
C – COMPRESSION
E – ELEVATION
If there are multiple injuries your body will prioritize which injury is acute, and this injury needs to be addressed first. If there is no improvement after that time you should seek treatment. Conservative treatment is the best way to tackle such injuries. Chiropractic treatment, massage, physical therapy, and vitamin supplementation are good places to start.
Healing times may vary on the severity of the injury. Here at Exum chiropractic we will guide you through the conservative healing process. If for some reason this treatment does not seem to help we will refer you to the appropriate physician.