What Is The Best Home Treatment Sioux City
There is not a magic formula for treating injuries, especially acute injuries. Treatment will vary based on severity, location, and mechanism of injury. At home there are some standard recommendations for acute injury; these can be easily remembered by the acronym PRICE. We are trying to protect the injury, rest it, ice, compress, and elevate. These are part of the PRICE formula for any injury care.
Protecting and resting the injury site is a way to prevent further injury. We do not want to continue aggravating the injured tissue or breaking more of the soft tissue fibers. Elevating and compressing the injury limits the accumulation of fluid that surrounds injured tissue as a result of inflammation. Inflammation helps kick start our healing processes, but an over-accumulation of inflammatory products actually slows healing.
This brings us to icing the injury. Ice is a very easy, cheap, and convenient home therapy. We can apply it to any injury site safely with very little risk of further aggravating a condition. Ice is applied in 15 – 20 minute increments. After that time, take the ice pack off for 15 minutes and let the skin temperature warm up before reapplying the ice again. Ice therapy can be slightly uncomfortable, but it should not be painful. This can be repeated several times a day. Ice should be applied for the first 48 hours after an acute injury. Afterwards, heat or ice can be applied in an alternating pattern. Learn more about ice for chronic injuries.
I’m a big believer that ice is one of the best home therapies that a person can do. People can safely apply it with very little chance of negative side effects. Occasionally, people give themselves frostbite, but this is rare. The warning signs are usually present, so do not ignore the pain and continue icing the area.
We’ve a saying in the office that ice is your friend; when in doubt, ice. We can ice both acute and chronic injuries using an ice pack, frozen peas, ice cubes, or in an ice bath.. Ice will help to block pain, decrease inflammation, and decrease muscle spasms in any injured area of the body.
If you are suffering specifically from low back pain, light range of motion exercises can often be performed in a pain-free range of motion. If the pain increases, stop the exercises and wait for further direction from your chiropractor.