“Compression” is generally regarded as the least understood and most often skipped portion of the RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) protocol for post-injury pain and swelling management. But don’t underestimate its value.
An elastic bandage or other compression gear helps in a couple of ways. First, although it doesn’t truly provide full immobilization, compression limits the amount of motion at the site of injury and provides extra support for weakened or strained muscles. Additionally, compression helps keep your circulation running at peak efficiency, preventing fluids from pooling at the site of the injury, delivering oxygen and nutrients and removing waste products. In combination, these processes help prevent further damage and encourage faster healing.
If you’ve sustained a foot or ankle injury, let Dr. Harvey Danciger in Palm Desert, CA help you manage your pain and swelling and get you in the fast lane to recovery. With a mix of traditional and advanced therapy techniques (including laser therapy), there’s a lot we can offer. Request an appointment online, or call 760-568-0108.