Injuries and Treatment One of the first symptoms associated with an injury is typically a sudden onset of pain. The first part of treating your injury is to discontinue the activity that caused the injury. Often times people think that you can “exercise through the pain”. This is typically poor advice. Resting the injury is essential for proper healing to take place. In an acute injury, swelling of some sort is to be expected. Swelling can cause pain and immobility to the injured area. Cold Therapy is a great way to treat the injured area. Compression is also often advised. Some people also experience pain relief from compression. An easy way to compress the area of the injury is to wrap an ACE bandage around the area that swelling is occurring. If you feel throbbing, or if the wrap just feels too tight, remove the bandage and re-wrap the area so the bandage is a little looser. Elevation can also help reduce the swelling. It is recommended to elevate the affected area above the level of the heart. For example, if it is a knee injury, lying down place pillows beneath your foot raise the leg above the level of your chest. This causes blood flow to decrease to the affected area and swelling to decrease. This simple process of first aid can be easily remembered with an acronym called R.I.C.E. Rest Ice Compression Elevate [singlepic id=139 w=320 h=240 float=]You should turn to your healthcare professional to determine which brace or support is right for your injury. They are the best equipped to evaluate your condition. What is most important is that you get the extra support you need to recover properly and perhaps even prevent yourself from suffering from future injuries. Disclaimer: The opinions offered by are for informational purposes only and are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of a qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking care because of something you have read here.

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