In case of minor injury, perform first aid. In case of major injury, or if the swelling or pain lasts more than 24 hours, consult a doctor.
Give it a rest
- For an injured leg: use crutches, and avoid putting any weight on the injured leg.
- For an injured arm: avoid using the arm, and use a sling or brace to support it.
- For your back: lie on your back with a pillow under your knees, or lie on your side with a pillow between your knees.
- For your neck: rest your head on a support, or use a cervical collar to support your neck.
Apply ice for 10 to 15 minutes at a time, three times a day, until severe pain or swelling subsides.
Use crushed ice or ice cubes wrapped in a wet towel or plastic bag.
Elevate the injured body part
If it is an arm or a leg and there is swelling.
It is best to keep the body part elevated or in a horizontal position as much as possible.
Consult a physiotherapist or occupational therapist:
- If swelling or pain lasts more than 24 hours.
- If you feel weak or stiff.
- If you want to speed up your recovery.
- If you want to avoid complications and reduce long-term effects.
- If you want to get back to your daily activities or sports as soon as possible.
Don’t forget the basic rules: