OrthoNeuro Blog

22 Mar

Dr. You: Initial Treatment for an Orthopedic Injury

by Boston Gregg

Acute Injury Treatment

From twisting an ankle to paper cuts, sometimes, the smallest injuries can be the most painful. Although pain is irritating and can be partially debilitating, pain is an indication of an issue, not the issue itself.  If your pain persists, it is recommended that you seek medical attention.

The RICE method is a common treatment option for injuries, used by everyone from parents to healthcare providers.

R.I.C.E.

The RICE method says rest, ice, compression, and elevation are the four most important elements for treating the injury, relieving pain, and promoting the healing process.
Rest

  • Take weight off your injury.
  • Take a break from your normal activities for a day or two.
  • After a day or two to rest, you may return to your usual routine if your symptoms have subsided.
Ice
  • Ice your injured body part for 15-20 minutes at a time. Every 3-4 hours, during the first 48 hours after an injury.
  • Do not apply an ice pack directly to the afflicted area as it may cuase damage to your skin.
  • Ice provides pain-relief.
  • Icing an injury can minimize swelling.
Compression
  • Bandages (i.e. Ace bandage) are used to reduce swelling as well.
  • The wrap should be snug but not too tight. There should be no threat of cutting off circulation completely.
  • If your toes or fingers become cold or turn blue, or your limb begins to throb, remove the bandage and re-wrap to a be less tight.
Elevate 
  • Elevate your injury above your heart or waist to reduce swelling.
  • Promotes healthy bloodflow without flooding the afflicted area.
  • Elevation is important during the first 24 hours after injury.

The RICE method isn't just for acute injuries; mild to severe injuries that may require medical attention can also benefit from it. Whether you're icing a fractured wrist on your way to Urgent Care, elevating a broken foot, or resting a torn ACL, R.I.C.E. can help ease the pain.

If you or a family member are suffering from an acute orthopedic injury and need to see a specialist today, call or visit OrthoNeuro+NOW Orthopedic Urgent Care. Walk-ins welcome.Open evenings and weekends.

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