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RICE, PRICE or POLICE?

Thursday, 8 February 2018 11:48

In the beginning there was R.I.C.E (rest, ice, compression, elevation). Then came P.R.I.C.E (protection, rest, ice compression, elevation), although no one really noticed. And, for the last few years it's been P.OL.I.C.E (protection, optimal loading, ice, compression, elevation). No, they're not changing stuff because they have nothing better to do. The addition of Optimal Loading is an important one. Quite simply, an injury heals faster when under an "optimal load" when compared with rest. Now the key here is the optimal part, too much load and it'll probably become worse and not enough would potentially delay progress. What is optimal could range from simple muscle contractions all the way up to being able to fully support your body weight through the injured area, and deciding how much would really be down to the opinion of your therapist. Check out the link if you want to learn more, it's a nice and short explanation of the principle. In a future post I'll discuss what to do in the event of an injury where you would need to employ the POLICE principle.

https://www.physio-pedia.com/POLICE_Principle

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