Many accidents that result in persistent musculoskeletal pain occur on the playing field, on the court, or in any number of other sports related situations. For many sports injuries, there are concise, specific, treatment plans, however, injuries must be treated patient to patient, and there is no golden ticket to cure common injuries such as:
- Ankle Sprains
- Groin Pulls
- Hamstring Strains
- Knee Injury: ACL Tears
- Knee injury: Patellofemoral Syndrome
The P.R.I.C.E. Principle
Longstanding advice on treating these very common injuries involves the P.R.I.C.E. Principle (Protection, Rest, Ice Compression, Elevation).
PROTECTING your injury involves limiting painful movement and use of the joint/muscle/ligament/tendon – potentially with a bandage or splint.
REST indicates that, though some athletes have a tendency to ‘run it off’, rest is required. Otherwise, repetitive minor injuries can often result in a more severe injury.
ICE and COMPRESSION inhibits inflammation. While ELEVATION ensures that fluid drains away from the injured site. This aids in decreasing the swelling, which in turn may decrease the pain.
P.R.I.C.E. should be applied as early as possible after the injury and continued for at least the first 24-72 hours.
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