How do you treat an acute injury?
The answer may surprise you.
Long gone are the days of the R.I.C.E principle, even P.OL.I.C.E has been consigned to the scrap heap in the most recent thinking on acute injuries. So, what should you do?
Firstly, if you suspect a break of any kind, or have major bleeding, please seek help from an appropriately qualified source e.g. doctor, hospital, first-aider etc.
If you are dealing with a strain or sprain: M.E.T.H is the new acronym on the street (movement, elevation, traction and heat)
Research on the efficacy of ice is, in fact, more tepid than many might think. “Ice is commonly used after acute muscle strains, but there are no clinical studies of its effectiveness,” noted a 2012 study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Some studies say this practice could be counter-productive in the long run. “Topical cooling (icing) . . . seems not to improve but, rather, delay recovery from eccentric exercise-induced muscle damage,” according to a 2013 study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.
Source: http://www.macleans.ca/society/the-end-of-the-ice-age/ Article date 20 May 2014.