I.C.E. is the typical combination for anyone with an injury that requires recuperation.
I = Ice – the cold helps muscles constrict and alleviates pain and swelling. If a body party is injured it typically swells and this helps to better manage that.
C = Compression – Sqeeze baby…….constrict the burdened area so the muscles can’t expand and cause more discomfort and pain.
E = Elevation -we don’t want blood rushing to the pain area causing even more pain and swelling so elevate, elevate and elevate to help reduce swelling. Make sure you elevate above the heart level.
After a couple of days of this the injury should be reduced and well on its way of healing. If not, contact your physician for further observation.
Why am I paying more attention to I.C.E.? Because I hurt my left knee and need to incorporate all of these to manage the pain, swelling and healing process. Short of an ice bath – this is really working and my knee is feeling much better for it.