Don't ICE Sprains !
compared icing a sprain to not icing
found no difference.
In 2012, researchers in Amsterdam did a systematic
review of eleven studies
ice, compression, and elevation),
involving a total of 870 patients.
They didn’t find any evidence that rest, ice, compression, or elevation
they found three studies where early movement led to
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
Offit explains that
the key to healing is inflammation.
is painful, but it
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
blood flow? Rest, ice, compression, and elevation.
Anti-inflammatory drugs such as
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
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?
and gentle ankle
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
after reading helpful books such as
Seth Mnookin’s “The
or works by pediatrician
Paul Offit. "
SOURCE Washington Post
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