Treatment and Recovery

A man applying an ice pack to his knee

The ‘Treatment and Recovery’ section of the ‘Musculoskeletal Zone’ contains useful advice and information to assist people with muscle and joint problems, and prevent them taking over aspects of their work and day to day lives.

It contains information about the Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation (PRICE) guidelines and what you should do for the first 24 to 48 hours after suffering a mild sprain, strain or sports injury.

It also details whether you should be resting or moving after 48 hours, when you should take part in sports activites and if you should consult your doctor.

In addition, it includes advice on whether you should be taking painkillers, if you should be using ice or a heat pad to treat your injury and how soon you should go back to work.

Commencing the correct type of treatment can be very important in helping you recover.

Most sprains or strains will settle in around six weeks, but you can help yourself towards a faster recovery by following our advice.

Last updated: 16 March 2015