Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Hurt yourself exercising?

Good grief, who can afford a doctor these days?

Say, for argument’s sake, you do decide to exercise—you know, to feel less
depressed or more healthy, what if you get “stove in,” as my sister likes to describe her aches in rural-speak.

Harvard Men’s Health Watch says you can take care of many exercise-related injuries from the privacy of your own couch.

Usually these injuries come from tough, competitive exercise, such as suddenly using creaky muscles to slide into first base at the company picnic. Or going out for that marathon—finally.

Sprains are injuries to ligaments. They come in three types. First degree is stretched (and hurting). Second degree is torn ligament fibers. Third degree is most fibers of the ligament torn.

Tendinitis is inflammation of a tendon. Besides pain, you might have warmth, swelling and redness,

On both of these, use PRICE.

P is for protection—wraps or simple splints.

R is for rest. You can’t use that tennis elbow, but you could jog. (For shin splints, weirdly, more running stops the pain.)

I is for ice. For best results apply ice 10 to 15 minutes after. Repeat each hour for four hours. Then four times a day for 2-3 days.

C is for compression—a snug bandage, cuts swelling.

E is for elevation—try to keep it above your heart.

For heaven’s sakes, chill for awhile. The body does want to move toward health, but help it along.

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