While ankle sprains may be common, some of the commonly held assumptions about self-treatment should be more carefully considered. That's the thinking behind a new Yahoo! Health article that features APTA Media Corps member Eric Robertson, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT.
In an article published April 3, reporter Laird Harrison interviews Robertson and other health care providers to evaluate whether the widely known "rest, ice, compression, elevation" (RICE) formula is truly the best approach in all cases. According to Robertson, the answer is maybe not. He said that RICE and its related PRICE approach (the "P" is for "protection") "doesn't necessarily reflect modern science."
Interviewees for the article generally support early mobility and exercise, with one provider saying that the RICE approach is good to use while the individual with the injury is waiting to receive treatment. Robertson agreed that while RICE "is not necessarily too dangerous," the public should know "that there is a better way."
Members of APTA’s Media Corps are regularly called upon to share their expertise for media stories on a variety of topics. Media relations staffers stay in constant contact with media who cover health, wellness, and fitness to position physical therapists as the experts in improving and restoring motion in people’s lives.
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