Self Help

Many muscular and joint conditions can be self-managed in the early stages. If you have an suffered acute strain during activity, ice in the first 5 days should help decrease local inflammation. You may use paracetamol and ibuprofen in the recommended doses if you tolerate these. Always read the leaflet provided as not all medications are suitable for everyone! if in doubt, your pharmacist will be able to advise you further.


In general, low level activity is advised for muscle and joint strains to avoid contracture of the muscles and ligaments. If your symptoms are not reducing in the first few days of noticing them, please come in for an assessment, as it is in this phase that we can help most. By 6 weeks following the onset of pain you will have some long term damage which may have been avoided with early advice

There are some cases where we would like you to discuss your problem with your doctor before treatment. If your pain has gradually increased for no apparent reason and is becoming intolerable, please consult your G.P.

If you have back pain and are experiencing any new bladder or bowel problems associated with it or any new muscular weakness, unexplained weight loss, fever, loss of appetite or general malaise then you should consult your G.P. to rule out other non-mechanical causes for your pain


Please feel free to call us if you have any questions about your problem or physiotherapy, osteopathy or acupuncture and one of our clinicians here in ipswich will be able to speak with you or call you back the same day.