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Treating Sport Injury

Sports injury will depend a lot on many factors such as how server the injury is and what part of the body is affected.

 

If you know about your injury then it will be more straightforward to find out about treating specific injuries. But, if you are unsure about your injury then it is important to visit a Surrey private healthcare professional.

 

If you have a minor injury then it is important to get it diagnosed before assuming your injury is only minor. Sprains and strains can actually be treated at home so long as you understand what factors to take into consideration before treating your injury.

 

The PRICE method is the best therapy for minor injuries:

 

Protection: By protecting the affected area from any further injury, you can do this by using a support for the affected area.

 

Rest: You should try your hardest to avoid exercising the affected area and reduce physical activity all together. If for example your ankle has been affected then you should use crutches if you cannot put weight on the affected area.

 

Ice: You should try and use an ice pack on the affected area, by putting ice on the area for about 20 minutes every few hours. Wrap the ice very well to avoid it directly touching your skin and causing a horrible case of ice burn.

 

Compression: You can use compression bandages specifically made for minor injuries and helps to limit the amount of swelling to the affected area.

 

Elevation: It is important to keep the affected area raised above the level of the heart whenever you can, this will reduce swelling.

 

Physiotherapist:

 

If physiotherapy  is necessary for people with long term injury then you may need physiotherapy, this is specialist treatment that can involve:

 

  • Massaging
  • Manipulation
  • Exercises

This should improve and strengthen the surrounding muscles and hopefully aid it back to normal. The main aim of physiotherapy is to help strengthen that affected body part and also helps to reduce the risk of the injury getting worse.

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Medical Negligence

Medical negligence refers to the mistakes that have been made by healthcare professionals in both the private and public sector. Mistakes may be made either during a course of treatment, diagnosis, or medical procedure by a member of medical staff, but all must be treated fairly.

Although medical negligence causes serious consequences for both patients and medical staff, compensation claims for medical negligence can be difficult to prove. Claims can be made against both independent practices and those part of the National Health Service. Whether receiving information privately or on the NHS, every individual has the right to make a complaint. There are two ways to make an initial compliant about the service or care you have received. Individuals may choose to go to the service provider directly, or if they feel too uncomfortable doing this they can go to the commissioner of the service(s) instead. In addition to this, complaints can be made on behalf of another individual. All complaints made should be treated fairly and the individual should receive a response within an appropriate time frame.

Of course, sometimes an individual may feel unhappy about the way their complaint has been dealt with. When this is the case, the NHS offers individuals the chance to take their issues to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman.

The amount of compensation that can be received through a medical negligence claim varies drastically, and will be based entirely on the unique circumstances of the case.

Many people do not realise they can make a complaint, unless they are told, so it is always wise to air any grievances you have to the appropriate channels as soon as possible, to avoid missing out on the justice you deserve. The common misconception of starting a lawsuit against a business is that the legal fees will be too costly, and therefore the claim will not be worth making. However, specialist no win no fee solicitors can not only provide expert advice, they can also help you avoid upfront fees. As part of a no win no fee solicitor agreement, no fees will be applicable if the case is not successful.

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Diseases and Conditions: Musculoskeletal Pain

What is musculoskeletal pain?

Musculoskeletal pain affects the:

  • Bones
  • Muscles
  • Ligaments
  • Tendons
  • Nerves

Pain can be acute or chronic depending on what area it is in and how long the pain lasts. The most common type of musculoskeletal pain is often located in the lower back but other common types include tendinitis, myalgia and stress fractures.

What are the causes?

Anyone can experience this type of pain but it is most often caused by an injury to the bones but it can be the results of pain from the previous mentioned.

Musculoskeletal pain can be caused by overuse and depending on whether it is acute or chronic. The symptoms can really vary from person to person.

Very common symptoms include:

  • Widespread pain
  • Localised pain
  • Aching
  • Feeling as though your muscles have been pulled
  • Tiredness
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Twitching muscles
  • Feeling as though your muscles are burning

Different types of musculoskeletal pain:

The pain has various symptoms and causes, but some of more common types of pain includes:

Bone pain: The pain is usually a bit more severe than just normal pain. You will usually know the difference between just normal aches and pains and bone pain.

Muscle pain: Muscle pain is usually a lot less intense than bone pain, but it can still be incapacitating. Muscle pain can be caused by an injury, a reaction of the immune, loss of blood flow to your muscles, an infection or even a tumour. The pain can also cause muscle spasms and painful cramps.

Tendon and ligament pain: This type of condition is often caused by sprains and injuries that may be worsened if stretched or moved.

Joint pain: Joint injuries often causes a stiff aching type of pain. It can really range from mild to severe, but often gets worse with movement. The joints may swell and arthritis is often a common cause by overuse.

How is musculoskeletal pain diagnosed and treated?

You doctor or Frimley private healthcare professional will be able to conduct a detailed medial history and ask you a range of questions about injuries you may have obtained in the past that may have caused the pain. The pain is then treated by treating its cause. This really depends on what type of pain you are experiencing, but treatment includes:

  • Physical therapy
  • Using a splint
  • Using heat or cold
  • Reducing workload
  • Reducing stress
  • Injections
  • Exercises
  • Massage

You doctor will be able to recommend the best treatment if necessary.

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Shingles Vaccines

What is Shingles?

Shingles, medically know as herpes zoster, is an infection of the nerves and the skin around it. It is caused by the chickenpox virus and usually affects a specific area on one side of the body and doesn’t actually cross over the middle of the body.

The main symptoms that come with shingles is a painful rash that often develops into itchy blisters. Shingles usually last for a few weeks. The virus can make everyday tasks difficult and is often more common in older people. Luckily a vaccine is available that will reduce the risk of shingles.

Do you need the Shingles Vaccine?

The vaccine to prevent shingles is often recommended for everyone who is over the age of 50. It is often a one shot vaccine and is available through different clinics like Park Health. Even if you have suffered from the virus in the past you can still get the vaccine but you usually have to wait for up to a year after the last episode in order to get the vaccine.

Are there any risks involved in getting the vaccine?

Shingles is not actually life threatening but it can be very painful and draining. Even when the rash goes you can still be left with pain in the section of the body. It can be set off by trivial everyday activities but overall the vaccine is very safe and only if you have a compromised immune system should you have a reason not to get the vaccine.

Who shouldn’t be getting the vaccine?

As well as those with a weakened immune system you also should not get the vaccine if you have a serious allergic reaction to substances in the vaccine. Your GP or health experts in the private healthcare Frimley sector will be able to advise you on whether you are suitable for the vaccine.

There are not usually any side effect that come with the vaccine but commonly there can be redness, pain and tenderness after you have the vaccine.

In very rare cases, some people can develop very severe allergic reactions known as anaphylaxis (more commonly known as swelling of the face). If you get any of these symptoms you should seek medical advice straight away.

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