When to get medical advice
If you’ve injured your joint, it’s a good idea to try self-care measures first. Sprains and minor cartilage damage may get better on their own within a few days or weeks.
More severe cartilage damage may not resolve spontaneously and can benefit from appropriate treatment.
Seek medical advice if –
- you can’t move the joint properly
- you can’t control the pain with ordinary painkillers
- you can’t put any weight on the injured limb or it gives way when you try to use it
the injured area looks crooked or has unusual lumps or bumps (other than swelling)
- you have numbness, discolouration or coldness in any part of the injured area
- your symptoms haven’t started to improve within a few days of self-treatment