Immediately post injury
Immediate attention helps to get you started on the road to recovery sooner and prevent further aggravation of the injury.
SIC is an ideal port of call following injury as we offer a walk-in service to full-time UCT students and we aim to assist you as soon as we can, post-injury. Knowing what to do and when to do it during each stage of the recovery process is critical to attaining a full recovery. We work in close conjunction with a team of top specialists in the Western Cape. We have a referral system to the newly established GSH Sports Injury Clinic for patients with no access to private medical aid.
If you have little or no improvement in the seven days post injury, it is imperative that you have the injury assessed. Most soft tissues injuries improve significantly within two to four days, even with no treatment. Most injuries recover within six weeks again with no treatment.
Initial damage control:
If it is painful to walk/move the injured area try to avoid the load and take it easy. We supply crutches to our patients if necessary
For 10 minutes every one to two hours
Lightly compress the area with an elasticised bandage (no rigid strapping)
Especially for peripheral injuries (knees and ankles), it’s important to keep the damaged area raised
Apply heat or heat rubs
Try not to drink alcohol in the first 48 hours post injury
Do not rub the injured area especially with medicated salves. This will worsen the initial inflammatory response
Avoid non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication for the first 48 hours. Rather stick to simple painkillers (paracetamols).