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Don't ICE Sprains !

Numerous studies have now compared icing a sprain to not icing it and found no difference.

 In 2012, researchers in Amsterdam did a systematic review of eleven studies of RICE(rest, ice, compression, and elevation), involving a total of 870 patients.
They didn’t find any evidence that rest, ice, compression, or elevation improved outcomes.
Instead, they found three studies where early movement led to better outcomes.

A 2013 study in Taiwan found that strenuous exercise damaged muscle tissue, causing increased levels of creatine kinase and myoglobin in the blood, and ice therapy produced higher levels of these muscle-damage proteins, reflecting greater muscle damage. And the patients treated with ice reported more fatigue. 

Offit explains that the key to healing is inflammation. Inflammation is painful, but it promotes healing.
 Inflammation increases blood flow. Increased blood flow brings clotting factors and immune cells to the area of damage, and it promotes the manufacture of new collagen.
So anything that decreases blood flow can be expected to lengthen the time of healing.

What decreases blood flow? Rest, ice, compression, and elevation.

Anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen, often prescribed for the pain of sprains, also delay healing.

In 2013, Dr. Mirkin recanted, saying that RICE was wrong. He also said that nobody believes in rest anymore. Indeed, bedrest used to be prescribed for low back pain, but today patients are encouraged to stay out of bed and be as active as possible; they heal faster with activity.

Today a small but growing number of doctors no longer recommend RICE for sprains. But many authorities and many websites still recommend RICE.

What should one do? Warmth can be applied, and gentle ankle exercises can be done without weight-bearing.

 Inflammation is painful, but tolerating the pain speeds recovery. Some patients might prefer delayed healing to pain, but they can only make an informed choice if they know the facts.

 Paul Offit’s book Overkill for the Science-Based Medicine blog

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