Sprains and Strains , Muscular and Joint Pains

If you have an injury severe enough to make you think that you may have broken a bone, we advise that you should attend the casualty department at York District Hospital, as you may need to have an X ray examination. This is open 24 hours per day.

If the injury appears to be less serious, there are several ‘first aid’ tips that will both reduce pain and diminish the effects of an injury:

“RICE” advice

  • REST the affected area until the pain starts to decline (some 48 hours). 
  • ICE applied either as a cold compress or as a pack for several hours after injury.
  • COMPRESS the area with a firm supportive bandage.  
  • ELEVATE the affected area, above the chest for several hours, or thereafter whenever resting.

Painkillers may be taken either in the form of Aspirin (if allowed), Paracetamol or Ibuprofen, all of which are available from the chemist, without prescription.

As the pain starts to leave the affected area, you should commence gentle exercise and gradually return to normal activity. The pain should guide the rate of return and swelling; should you go too far, return to the RICE regime.

If you are worried or feel that you are not progressing satisfactorily, please consult the doctor.

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