People know they need a doctor for a broken bone. Severe pain also sends us to the doctor. But, we don’t always know that we need a doctor for sprains, strains and muscle tears.
Many of us try to push through nagging pain and small injuries. Toughing it out can prolong your pain or make an injury worse. Let’s look at how and when you can treat yourself vs. when you need an orthopedic specialist.
- When R.I.C.E Does Not Help
Most of us experience pain from minor injuries. It doesn’t have to be an accident. Strains usually result from lack of flexibility, not stretching or simply overusing a muscle. Stop when you first notice minor pain. Follow the R.I.C.E. (rest, ice, compression and elevation) treatment technique.
- Rest: Stop or decrease activity and rest the injured area.
- Ice: Apply ice every 2 to 3 hours for 15 minutes.
- Compression: Wrap the affected area with an elastic bandage if possible.
- Elevation: If your leg, ankle or foot is injured, raise it higher than heart level to help reduce swelling.
- Treatment for Weekend Warriors
Are you one of many weekend warriors who play and work hard on Saturdays and Sundays? Sprain and strain overuse injuries are common for active people. If you are a weekend warrior, stretching and light exercises throughout the week can help you avoid injuries.
If you find pain is limiting your daily activities, go to an HMG Orthopedic Walk-In Clinic. Our specialists can diagnose your problem. Then, we’ll prescribe a treatment and ongoing exercises to get you back to action-packed weekends again.
- Sports Injuries Evaluation
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 30 million children and teens participate in youth sports in the U.S. The growth in sports brings an increase in injuries. Playing through pain can result in future problems. How many people have you heard contribute knee pain to “high school football”? Pain that lasts more than 48 hours is a signal that you need rest, treatment or both. Visit our Orthopedic Walk-In Clinic for a diagnosis and treatment to get your child back in the game.
- Chronic Pain Limiting Daily Activities
We all have a few more aches and pains as we age. But, persistent pain or limited range of motion signals a problem that needs specialized treatment. If pain is stopping you from enjoying simple activities in your life, visit our orthopedic walk-in clinic. An HMG orthopedic specialist can design a personal treatment plan based on your overall health, goals and lifestyle. Getting back to the things you love to do is within your reach.