Warminster Osteopathic Clinic
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Warminster Osteopathic Clinic
4 Station Road ● Warminster
Wiltshire ● BA12 9BR
01985 213927 www.facebook.com/WarminsterClinic
Company registered in England & Wales 05751974
Copyright © Warminster Osteopathic Clinic 2016
I’m in Pain!
When you’re in pain, we aim to see you as soon as possible, and appointments are often available on the same day. If you have to wait for an appointment and need some urgent advice we can usually arrange a quick, free telephone consultation. But if you need help instantly, here are some guidelines for pain relief in adults. Consult a GP or pharmacist for pain relief in under 16s.
Pain may have a variety of causes including injury and muscle spasm. The most effective relief can only be given after a proper assessment. In most cases, gentle movement will help with your recovery but if this causes extreme pain, you may need a period of rest whilst you seek advice. Rest in the most comfortable position. Usually laying down is better than sitting, but try to get up and move about at regular intervals. In general terms, applying heat can be very good for muscle aches and pain by improving blood flow to an area and relaxing muscles. If there is tissue damage and injury, these will be accompanied by swelling and inflammation, which respond better to cold therapy.
Do not apply directly to the skin, but use a thin cloth or tea towel over the area and apply the ice pack for 10 to 15 minutes. This can be repeated every hour or so. Applying excessive cold for long periods can cause tissue damage, so do be careful. Little and often is better.
Applying heat can be counterproductive if there is underlying tissue damage and inflammation, and if you are unsure which to use, try cold first. When applying heat, you can use a heat pack, wheat bag or hot water bottle that is not too hot, and apply it to the affected area for perhaps 15 minutes. This can be repeated as often as you like but with at least a 15 minute break between applications. Using excessive heat for long periods can cause tissue damage so, again, do be careful.
R I C E
Injury to peripheral joints - including sports injuries - usually responds best to the RICE principle immediately after injury. With anything other than very minor injuries, it is sensible to seek further advice as soon as possible.
Pain Relief Medicines
Pain relief should be used with care. Pain is the body’s warning system, so it is often telling you to be careful. Like any warning system, ignoring it, or over-riding it, can have risks. Pain relief should be used to keep you more comfortable. Using it to allow you to do things that would otherwise be too painful can lead to further injury. However, sensible use of pain relief can not only be an important part of managing pain, but can actively help in your recovery.
Over-the-counter medicines can provide good pain relief. Always read the leaflet provided inside the box, and follow the guidelines. If you have questions, ask the pharmacist. Avoid alcohol with all pain relief medicines.
Opioid (Codeine-Based) Medicines