|My fall was much less graceful|
You're all familiar with RICE aren't you? Rest Ice Compression Elevation? It's the mantra I grew up with. Rest-get off my ankle, Ice--put ice on it, Compression--well, put on a compression bandage, Elevation--prop my foot up.
|Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation!|
There I am lying in bed, and I start researching. It turns out that RICE is now in a contest with MEAT!
MEAT says I should do the following:
Movement-rotate the foot to keep the blood flow to the injured area
Exercise- get up and walk around
|Movement,Exercise, Analgesic, Therapy!|
Let's call my personal method BEANS.
Basically, put some compression and ice the injury followed by heat a couple hours later
Exercise--get up and walk around; if I can't, then stop and go to the weekend clinic, also rotate the ankle to keep the blood flowing to the ligament and/or muscle that's injured
Analgesics--sweet, sweet advil
Note how I'm feeling and adjust my treatment,
See if there's any bruising or swelling and monitor it for increasing pain
So what do we have after an injury?
Booyah! We've got a meal! Rice Meat AND Beans!