Dealing With an Exercise-Related Injury

From - March 12, 2018

Dealing With an Exercise-Related Injury

MONDAY, March 12, 2018 -- If you love exercise, one of the hardest parts of suffering an injury is being sidelined. But if you take the time to heal a sprain or strain correctly, you will get back in the game faster.

First, understand your injury to treat it appropriately. A sprain affects ligaments, the bands of tissue that connect bones at a joint. A strain is damage to muscle and the fibers that attach it to bone.

Both injuries are classified from first-degree (the mildest) to third-degree (the most severe). Resist minimizing your injury. If you are in a lot of pain or ca not put weight on a limb, call your doctor. Getting the right treatment is essential for a full and healthy recovery. You might need a splint, protective pad or brace, or crutches.

According to the American College of Sports Medicine, treatment starts with an approach called PRICE, a variation of RICE, to limit swelling and speed healing.

"PRICE" steps include:

The next stage usually includes gentle movement of the muscle or joint, mild resistance exercise, and a very gradual return to your favorite activity.

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