A surgeon was relaxing at home one Saturday morning when his wife gave him a list of things to be done at the house. As he was going over the items, the phone rang. He answered and heard the familiar voice of a colleague, “We need a fourth for golf at the country club,” said the fellow physician. “I’ll be right over,” said the surgeon. As he was putting on his coat, his wife asked him, “Is it serious?” “Oh yes, quite serious,” said the doc gravely. “In fact, there are three other doctors already there!”
I am not a physician, so do not take this as medical advice. But for decades, RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) has been the accepted mantra when it comes to sprains. The term was coined by Dr. Gabe Mirkin in his bestseller, The Sports Medicine Book. However, the head of the Emergency Medicine Department at the University of Maryland has now reversed his teaching to the opposite. It’s called METH (movement, elevation, traction, heat). Here are some quotes – “Topical ice cooling seems not to improve but delay recovery from exercise-induced muscle damage … Nobody believes in rest anymore … There is no data to show that ice does anything but block pain … The worst thing you can do is to put on crutches and rest it … Putting ice on sprains should be banned. We need to stop treating injuries this way … I’m responsible for the previous misinformation.”
The bottom line? Looks like my dad was right when he would tell me after I got injured, “Walk it off, son, walk it off.” And not a bad philosophy when hurt by life.