Stay Active & Injury Free this summer!

child playing soccer in summer. article about strain and sprains

As we are all enjoying the outdoor weather and being more active, we see more overuse injuries at our clinic. So in the event of any sprains or strains, please remember P.R.I.C.E. – five simple rules to help speed up your recovery in the first 48-72 hours of a sprain (ligament) or strain (muscle) injury.

P is for PROTECTION. Protect the injured area from sustaining any more damage.
R is for REST. Allow the injury time to heal.
I is for ICE. Ice should be applied to an injured area as soon as possible. Use the 10/10/10 method of ice application: 10 minutes of ice; followed by 10 minutes of rest without ice; followed by 10 minutes of ice again. Do not apply heat. Ice works to reduce pain and inflammation to your injured muscles, joints and tissues and may even slow bleeding if a tear has occurred.
C is for COMPRESSION. Use a tensor bandage to wrap the injured area. When wrapping, begin at the end furthest away from the heart.
E is for ELEVATION. If possible, raise the injured area above the level of the heart, especially at night, by putting a pillow under the injured area.

After the first 48 hours, slowly start to use the injured area again and continue icing for another day. If you are unsure of the severity of your injury, consult a chiropractor or physiotherapist for an evaluation.

Read the full article on strains, sprains and more at Canadian Chiropractic Association

Where Do I Get Care for strains and sprains?

Please contact us to schedule to see our chiropractor or our physiotherapist today! If you are unsure if chiropractic is right for you, we offer a free 15 minute consult at no charge.

References
Canadian Chiropractic Association 

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