Mild injuries, though hardly problematic enough to go to the ER over, are still injuries nonetheless. In addition, without treatment, minor injuries will likely become worse, which means greater cost and longer recovery time. Fortunately, there is a basic treatment plan for most acute injuries that result in recovery, particularly for minor sports injuries. Treating acute injuries right away can prevent worse injury later on.
For most acute sports injuries, utilizing the PRICE protocol until either symptoms are gone or you can see a doctor will work. PRICE stands for Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. By following these steps, your acute injury ought to improve soon thereafter.
This protocol is meant for those injuries that cause symptoms of mild pain, slight swelling or inflammation, or other light symptoms. You should not simply use PRICE if you are dealing with a moderate to severe injury. Acute injuries are defined as ones that lead to small damage to soft tissues or ligament tissue, which can sometimes include bone or nerve damage. Some of these can be treated with PRICE; however, sometimes you do need to go to the ER as soon as possible.
See a Doctor
Remember that resting and ice, while important, is still not as effective as actual treatment. If the pain is severe, or if there is a suspected sprain/fracture, see a doctor immediately. In addition, if PRICE is not working, call a licensed professional. Any symptoms that involve inability to bear weight, extreme tingling, any sort of deformity, and more, mean that the injury is likely not acute and needs medical attention.
Sports injuries are our specialty at Chicago Chiropractic and Sports Injuries. We have years of experience treating sports injuries, whether they were acquired on an NHL rink or just at a game of football in the backyard. For minor injuries, the PRICE method may be enough; however, if you notice worsening symptoms or the injury is not acute, contact our office immediately.
Courtesy of: Sports-Health