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Sports Injury Treatment

According to MedLinePlus.com, "Exercising is good for you, but sometimes you can injure yourself when you play sports or exercise. Accidents, poor training practices or improper gear can cause them. Some people get hurt because they are not in shape. Not warming up or stretching enough can also lead to injuries. The most common sports injuries are:
  • Sprains and strains
  • Knee injuries
  • Swollen muscles
  • Achilles tendon injuries
  • Pain along the shin bone
  • Fractures
  • Dislocations
If you get hurt, stop playing. Continuing to play or exercise can cause more harm. Treatment often begins with the "RICE" (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation) method to relieve pain, reduce swelling and speed healing." The lingering after-effect of sports injuries can often be reduced by the immediate application of cold to the affected area to reduce bruising, swelling, muscle spasm and inflammation. Ice It!® Cold COMFORT systems provide the perfect solution to cold therapy with gentle compression, making it easier for you to just find a comfortable position to elevate and rest. Since you don't have to fuss with holding a too-cold, slippery, drippy bag of ice in place, and you don't have to jump up to change it every few minutes, you get much more benefit, rest and relief. Meanwhile, the Ice It!® cold therapy system works to improve the condition causing pain a combination providing maximum effectiveness. Tendon and/or joint problems such as tendinitis, tennis elbow, rotator cuff (shoulder) pain or any type of knee pain (whether from torn cartilage, hyper-extension, arthritis or surgery) often respond well to cold therapy. Many types of muscle spasm, back pain, neck pain, arthritis pain - nearly any condition that involves pain, swelling or inflammation - may be relieved to a surprising extent by the simple application of cold therapy. After the first 24-48 hours (or as your doctor recommends) alternating cold therapy with heat therapy, or even using heat therapy alone, may help reduce pain and speed healing. Especially in the case of back pain, the American Pain Society; American College of Physicians studied almost twenty different approaches to the management of back pain and concluded that the only therapy with good evidence that it actually worked, was the application of heat. Original Thermophore® Classic or new MaxHEAT Deep-Heat Therapy Packs provides the deep-penetrating, intense moist heat that doctors recommend for pain relief, and Ice It!® cold therapy systems make it convenient to apply cold therapy, because you don’t have to hold anything in place.

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