If you have recently suffered an injury while playing sports then you may want to get a professional opinion. While minor injuries may be treatable at home, if not treated correctly, simple injuries can result in longer term issues.
You should see a doctor if you have suffered from a sports injury that results in pain, swelling, restricted movement or stiffness in the affected area.
Common sports injuries that you can get medical assistance from a babylon GP for include:
- Muscle or ligament sprains and strains (e.g. stretched ligaments)
- Shin splints (painful shins)
- Back pain
- Heel pain
- Elbow pain
- Joint Inflammation
- Knee pain
- Shoulder pain
- Hamstring Injury
When you experience a minor sports injury you should protect the affected area from any further impact or injury. This can mean using a support, resting it, and avoiding exercise and usage. You should apply ice or cold packs for sessions of up to 30 minutes (avoid placing the ice directly to your skin), compress the area using a bandage and potentially elevate the injured area to reduce swelling.
If you have undertaken this action for 24-48 hours and not seen any improvement in movement then you should see a doctor. Our GPs can give you tips on how to avoid sports injuries in the future.
If you have suffered a serious sports injury including but not limited to head injuries, bone fractures/brakes or dislocations you should treat these as medical emergencies. In a medical emergency do not use babylon; instead, please contact the emergency services by dialling 999 or attending your nearest A&E.