Chiropractic Self Help starts with the P.R.I.C.E Protocol
Pain is a warning sign, so listen to your body and think of how you can find ways to self help. If an activity or position hurts, stop or change it. Your body will do what it can to suppress pain – if this means walking with a limp or twisting your back, you will do it subconsciously. Intermittent pain usually means there is an underlying problem, which your body is trying to adapt to. It is wiser to try to find out what the problem is rather than treating the symptoms of pain with painkillers and anti-inflammatories. Consult your chiropractor before the situation worsens.
One of the most popular acronyms for treatment of a sports injury is P.R.I.C.E., which stands for Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. P.R.I.C.E. is considered a first-aid treatment, rather than a cure for soft tissue injuries. The aim is to manage discomfort and minimise internal swelling and/or bleeding with self help.
Soft Tissue Injuries
When an injury occurs, damaged soft tissue may bruise, swell, or bleed (externally or internally) and become inflamed. Healing occurs as collagen is deposited in the damaged ligament, tendon, or muscle. The tissue needs to repair to the point where you can do a pain-free practice before you return to play or competition.
After a day or two of treatment, many sprains, strains or other injuries will begin to heal. However, if your swelling does not decrease after 48 hours, or your pain has not subsided, make an appointment at Millar Sports Chiropractic. We can do x-rays if necessary, and use laser therapy, therapeutic ultrasound, do chiropractic adjustments of the joints, and /or use electrical muscle stimulation in order to speed healing and get you back in the game.
If you found this informative – it is suggested you read What is a sprain?