IMMEDIATELY POST INJURY
Immediate attention will help to assess the extent of the injury, help get you started on the road to recovery and prevent further aggravation of the injury. If necessary, we will request further investigations such as x-rays.
SIC is an ideal port of call following injury as we work in close conjunction with a team of top specialists and if necessary will refer you to the best person to further manage your injury. Knowing what to do and when to do it during each stage of the recovery process is critical to attaining full recovery.
Remember that if you have little improvement in 7 days post injury; it is absolutely imperative you have the injury assessed. Most soft tissues injuries improve significantly within 6 weeks even with not treatment. If you still have symptoms after this time – contact us immediately.
SIC now offers a free walk-in service for full-time UCT students during UCT lecture term time (this is closed during exam time and vacations). Find out more.
We’ve also established a referral system to the newly established GSH Sports Injury Clinic.
Initial damage control:
Rest: Take it easy. If it is painful to walk on the injured area try to avoid it (we supply crutches if necessary)
Ice: For 10 minutes every 1.5 to 2 hours
Compression: Lightly compress the area with an elasticised bandage (no rigid strapping)
Elevation: Especially for peripheral injuries (knees and ankles), it’s important to keep the damaged area raised.
Heat: Apply heat or heat rubs
Alcohol: Try not to drink excessively in the first 48 hours post injury
Massage: Do not initially 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 with simple painkillers.