Just Because We Thought It Was True Before, Does Not Mean That It Still Is!
It has been a very interesting week in the office. You guys have been keeping us on our toes! There have been a lot of questions this week and unfortunately, I had to burst a few bubbles this week!
How many of you know the acronym R.I.C.E.? R.I.C.E. stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation and it has been the preferred method of treatment for most low grade sprain/strain injuries for almost 40 years. It was introduced by Dr. Gabe Mirkin in 1978, in his book Sportsmedicine Book and has been used by doctors and therapists since that time. BUT... Dr. Mirkin wrote a blog post on his personal website during September of 2015 that told us that what we have been doing for the past 40 years may have actually been doing more harm than good! Dr. Mirkin looked at the recent evidence on the impact that ice has on recovery and came to the conclusion that what he thought before was no longer true!
This is the mark of a true scientist!
He believed something to be true until one day evidence was produced that showed him to be wrong, and when that day came he changed his stance. Think about that for a second. Dr. Mirkin had made his name based on the R.I.C.E concept, and after almost 40 years he admitted that it was no longer accurate.
So if you are still using ice, out of habit, to treat low grade sprains and strains, this should make you think twice before you do!
If you would like to read the post that Dr. Mirkin wrote click on this image.
Movement is my Medicine,
Dr. William "Chip" Bleam