Advice for new injuries
This advice is for new injuries only. It is not a substitute for the advice of a medical professional.
If you have injured yourself in the last 72 hours you should:
- Keep moving
- Put ice on the injury for 10 minutes at a time
- Don’t panic
If you are worried there may be something more serious underlying your pain, these are some rare symptoms but can be warning signs – if you have any of these, you should contact a doctor:
- Fever and feeling unwell
- If your injury was traumatic and you could have a fracture e.g. a fall or RTA
- Loss of bowel or bladder control
- Difficulty passing urine
- Numbness or tinling in your genitals or buttock area
- Impaired sexual function
- Loss of power in your legs
- Excessive, unusual sweating during the night
Watch this short video for advice on what to do if you have acute pain.
You can find out a lot more about back pain on the resources page.