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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Treating Football Sprains and Strains with R.I.C.E

Football season is around the corner! But with that comes frequently occurring injuries like strains and sprains. The very nature of football as a high-impact sport where players are constantly moving in all directions put a player at high risk. And whether you are a star high school player or just getting together with friends in the park for a game, it's important to know how to treat a strain or sprain.

Treat Strains and Sprains with R.I.C.E

When playing football, your wrists, knees, ankles, hamstrings, groin, neck and back are susceptible to sprains and strains. The best way to treat them is with R.I.C.E.: Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation.

Rest: Reduce or stop using the injured area for at least 48 hours. If you have a leg injury, you may need to stay off of it completely.

Ice: Put an ice pack on the injured area for 20 minutes at a time, four to eight times per day. Use a cold pack, ice bag, or a plastic bag filled with crushed ice that has been wrapped in a towel.

Compression: Ask your doctor about elastics wraps, air casts, special boots, or splints that can be used to compress an injured ankle, knee, or wrist to reduce swelling.

Elevation: Keep the injured area elevated above the level of the heart to help decrease swelling. Use a pillow to help elevate an injured limb.

If the pain persists, contact us!

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