About Acute Injury
When an injury occurs, there is damage to the surrounding tissue whether it be muscle, ligament, cartilage or even bone. To help the damaged tissue repair the body has a typical and necessary response where acute inflammation occurs. In response to an injury the surrounding blood vessels are relaxed to allow healing chemicals and proteins to flood the area. This however leads to fluid leaking from the blood vessels causing swelling and pain. Following this scar tissue is then created to repair the soft tissue damage. This is the phase where if appropriate treatment is not received quickly, you will likely develop a chronic injury. People often think that you should wait before receiving physiotherapy, but the sooner we see you after an injury the more we can minimise the acute inflammatory reaction and get you back to sport faster. The moral of the story is don’t delay treatment after an injury.