Muscles and Joints

The physios at Eaglebridge endorse: www.arthritisresearchuk.org

Thier leaflets include self-help exercises and advice on when to see a GP. Topics covered include

Osteoarthritis of the knee, Ankylosing spondylitis, Osteoporosis, Back pain, Elbow pain, Shoulder pain, Rheumatoid arthritis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Foot Pain, Fibromyalgia, Gout, Hip pain, Knee pain in young adults, Neck pain, Polymyalgia Rheumatica, Raynaud’s phenomenon.Keep moving (all joint strengthening)

Sprains and strains are very common injuries that affect muscles and ligaments.

They often occur when playing sports if you change direction or speed suddenly, fall and land awkwardly, or collide with an object or person.

Most sprains and strains are relatively minor and can be treated at home If your sprain or strain is not showing signs of improvement within 4 weeks then self-refer to physio.

However, you should go to A and E if you have a sprain or strain and:

  • the pain is particularly severe
  • you can’t move the injured joint or muscle
  • you can’t put any weight on the injured limb or it gives way when you try to use it
  • the injured area looks crooked or has unusual lumps or bumps (other than swelling)
  • you have numbness, discolouration or coldness in any part of the injured area
  • the symptoms haven’t started to improve within a few days of self-treatment

You might have a severe sprain or strain or another serious injury, such as a fracture.

Back Pain

Sprains and strains

Pilates for back pain

If the injury is minor, you can look after yourself by using “PRICE therapy” and “avoiding HARM”.