Recovering from an injury can be a gradual process but that doesn’t mean there aren’t things you can do to make the process more tolerable. In fact, advancements in modern medical technology mean that there are more options than ever in terms of pain relief. Here are five tips to help manage the pain of an injury.
Apply Dressing for Wounds
If you sustained a moderate to severe wound as part of your injury, it is important to treat it to provide pain relief and also to prevent infection. Many types of wound dressing now include ingredients to assist in pain management. Allevyn dressing, for example, has a design that provides injured areas additional support to make them easier to move and assist in recovery. Most effective forms of dressing also have some absorbent properties to aid in wound healing.
Post-injury, it can be beneficial for you to keep the injured part of your body active as much as is tolerable. This is because exercise and movement encourage blood flow. This assists in blood circulation, which is critical to the healing process. In addition, If your injury was related to a muscle or joint problem, you may want to discuss what exercises could benefit your recovery process with your orthopedic surgeon. This will help teach you how to move the area in the correct manner to prevent further injury.
Apply Ice to Painful Areas
Sometimes the simplest methods of pain relief in the best. Applying an ice pack to injured areas can be a great way to provide instant pain reduction. When using ice for pain relief, it is generally advised to apply the ice pack to the injured area for 15-20 minutes, every three hours. It is also important that the ice pack is separated from your skin using a towel, so you do not accidentally give yourself an ice burn. Ice should be used sparingly, however, as while it can reduce inflammation, it can also limit the arrival of immune cells, and therefore slow certain elements of the healing process.
Take Pain Medication
Painkillers may also help you manage your pain following an injury. Aspirin, paracetamol, and ibuprofen can easily be purchased over the counter from most stores and provide pain relief from most symptoms. In particular, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are effective in counteracting inflammation caused by injury. Examples of NSAIDs include aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen. Certain painkillers can also be taken in conjunction with one another to provide optimum pain relief. However, it is important to be certain that this is safe before doing so. Consult with a doctor if you are at all unsure.
Consult Your Doctor if the Pain is Still an issue
For more serious injuries, you may want a prescription for stronger painkillers. In this event, you should contact your physician to determine whether this method of pain management would be appropriate for you. Alternately, they may also suggest other alternative methods for treatment due to potential addictive side effects.
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