An orthopaedic support applied to an injured muscle or joint can help to provide structural reinforcement and reduce aggravation of the damaged area. The reduction of stress and movement can aid the healing process and lessen or prevent further injury.
Compression of the injured joint or muscle area can help to reduce swelling and prevent the painful accumulation of fluid. An orthopaedic support can help swelling and pain to subside more quickly.
The therapeutic warmth provided by wearing a neoprene support can help to promote circulation and oxygen flow to the damaged soft tissue and aid the healing process.
Protek Supports are rated on a scale of 1 to 6 determined by the level of support and compression they can provide. Minor sprains and strains can usually be treated with gentle support and compression. For acute injuries a more substantial support may be required.
Always seek medical advice for severe or persistent injuries.
Using orthopaedic supports as part of RICE treatment for minor sprains and strains
Rest - avoid exercise and reduce your daily physical activity.
Ice - apply an ice pack to the affected area for 15-20 minutes every two to three hours. A bag of frozen peas, or similar, will work well. Wrap the ice pack in a towel so that it doesn't directly touch your skin and cause a cold burn. Do not leave the ice pack on while you are asleep.
Compression - use an elasticated or neoprene support, or supportive bandages during the day to limit swelling. Always ensure that bandages or supports are not too tight and do not restrict blood flow.
Elevation – using a pillow to support it, keep the injured body part raised above the level of your heart whenever possible. This may also help reduce swelling.