What to know about an injury.... To start I'll bypass the obvious bit about cell tissue damage and such. Let's dive straight into the care for an acute injury. Immediately following an injury you should follow the PRICE method which stands for Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. Although not all of these components can be applied to every injury you'll have to do your best based on the circumstances. Rest and Ice should be two aspects that can be done regardless. It's important to understand that the rest is more than just not using the body part. More important than that is proper rest at night with 8+ hours of sleep. Ice should be applied to the injury with the 20/40 rule, 20 minutes on with 40 minutes off, at the end of the day until bed. Compression should only be applied when standing. Compression helps to prevent excessive swelling and can be too restrictive when laying down, especially if left through the night while sleeping. Elevation is important when getting the body part above the heart for drainage. Protection is making sure not to re-injure the body part. A few other aspects to take into consideration is hydration, diet, rehab and adjustments.
Hydration is vital for the recovery process. Hydration is massively under-appreciated and misunderstood. In order to stay hydrated, you must eliminate any and all beverages that aren't water! That's right! This means no coffee, tea, sodas (diet or otherwise), energy drinks, etc.. Heck you may find that you have more energy, all day, when you are properly hydrated! The importance of hydration is the cells in the damaged area rely on H20 for proper function and repair. Without sufficient levels of H2O the cells work slower and are less efficient in the repair process. Water is king!!
Diet can make a huge difference during the inflammatory process. With the consumption of the right foods, the cell environment is less toxic. It's good to compliment your diet with foods high in antioxidants ( 12 Healthy Foods High in Antioxidants - Healthline) while recovering from any sort of injury. It's best to make these regular staples of your diet but you should most definitely introduce them post-injury. These antioxidants give your cells a huge boost for doing their job by reducing the environmental stress in the tissue. It'd be the same as trying to sleep in a nice quiet cottage in the country versus a dingy, shack under the busiest light rail next to the waste management plant. A good, clean plant-based diet without preservatives or processed food is the best diet for a recovering injury.
Proper rehab is essential for full function. When we are in pain we move differently to avoid painful movement. This may succeed in avoiding additional pain but it creates improper compensations and faulty stabilization for future movement. If, after spraining an ankle, you go back to business "as usual" once the pain subsides, without any rehabing the stabilization of the ankle, you are at significant risk of re-injuring that ankle in the future. This can be said about any joint in the body. The fact is that we don't get any younger and rehab of an old injuiry takes significant longer than rehab of anew injury. The faulty patterns are less ingrained and easier to coach out.
Adjustments can expedite the healing process. Chiropractic adjustments are a tool best used for realigning any joint out of place, ensuring proper joint motion. Without these adjustments following an injury, premature wear and tear of the joint can occur due to uneven loading of the joint. It's imperative the articulating surfaces of the joint be in proper alignment for both skeletal and neurological purposes. When the joints are out of alignment the brain is bombarded with afferent information that results in altered muscle strength and joint motion. Chiropractors don't just "pop" backs we effect the brain too!
Power chiropractic is a full-service chiropractic office trained to properly assess any and all musculoskeletal dysfunction with movement screens, orthopedic testing and neurological testing to ensure that your treatment plan is specific to your dysfunction. Once the root cause of the issue is identified we have the right tools to remedy the situation. With numerous modalities (Therapeutic ultrasound, E-stim, Kinesiotape, spinal traction, etc.) at our disposal, we are well equipped to get you through the initial "acute phase" of injury quickly. We then begin focusing on retraining the neuromuscular connection between the brain and the skeletal system so that you can avoid the same thing happening in the future. We want you to have the tools necessary to stabilize properly so you can return to play as good as, if not better than before the injury.