Thursday, January 28, 2010

Treat Injuries Early On

You've heard of the motto “No Pain, No Gain.” It's usually seen in ads promoting gym fitness and the like. However, if you don't handle minor pains caused by your gym workouts, you might end up having damaged body parts more than the desired figure.

It is important that you treat your injuries early on to keep from further damaging the injured body part. When you encountered bumps, got bruised, sprained your ankles, or strained your muscles, take the RICE program within 48 hours:

  • Rest: It doesn't only numb the pain, it also allows the injured body part to heal and recover.

  • Ice: Applying an icepack to the injured area for 15 to 20 minutes every few hours does not only numb the pain, but it also helps reduce inflammation and swelling.

  • Compression: During the first 24 hours, put a bandage around the injured area to apply pressure. This will help reduce swelling and provide support to the injured joint. Make sure it is not too tight to avoid nerve damage.

  • Elevation: Raise the injured leg above the hips when lying down, while a sling can be be used to raise an injured arm.

Author: Ramon Bravante

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