Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Help for muscle strains

I am sure every one of us has experienced some type of muscle strain while pursuing our fitness goals. What is the best way to treat this condition? In nursing school, we learned the acronym RICE.

R is for Rest
- the injured area needs to be rested from the activity that strained it in the first place.

I is for Ice and anti-inflammatories
- ice the affected area, (ice wrapped in a towel) but not for more than 15 minutes at a time. Anti-inflammatories are also often known as NSAIDS or non-steroidal anti inflammatory drugs. These include ibuprofen (trade names Advil and Motrin), naproxen or naproxen sodium (trade names Aleve, Anaprox, and Naprosen). Tylenol is not anti-inflammatory, and therefore is not helpful for this.

C is for Compression
- a wrap or compression bandage is often helpful.

E is for Elevation - keep the affected area elevated as much as possible.

Here are links to a couple of articles that explain this more in detail.


http://sportsmedicine.about.com/od/legpainandinjuries/a/calf-strain.htm


http://www.googobits.com/articles/p3-1269-no-strain-no-pain-muscle-pulls-and-what-to-do-about-them.html

I hope this information will be helpful. These articles also explain the degrees of injury and projected recovery times.

Tami
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