December 17, 2010

Staten Island Chiropractor Dr. Victor Dolan's Pain Relief Techniques

At Staten Island Chiropractor Dr. Victor Dolan's office a lot of folks come in with serious back pain and neck pain and joint pain. If you have an accident at home or you are an athlete who's gone too far and gotten injured or you are in an auto accident or you have an accident at work--there are steps you can take for yourself before you can get to a health-care professional which can minimize your suffering and even shorten recovery time.

One great protocol for treating an acute injury can be easily remembered by the mnemonic P.R.I.C.E. which stands for:
  • Protection
  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression
  • Elevation

PRICE can be useful for a number of types of acute injuries, such as:
  • Sprains (injury to ligaments)
  • Strains (injury to muscles)
  • Contusions (bruises)
  • Subluxation
  • Dislocation
  • Fractures

If symptoms of a serious injury are manifest such as severe swelling and pain, emergency first aid should be provided while keeping calm and still until emergency service personnel arrive. Before help arrives or if the injury is not serious enough to require professional aid, many acute injuries can be treated safely at home using the P.R.I.C.E. principle during the 48 to 72 hours immediately after injury. You want to control the swelling to the injured area, prevent further injury, and reduce pain.

By following the PRICE protocol, you can reduce the amount of swelling in an injured area and reduce the amount of time required for rehabilitation:
  • Protection--The purpose of protection is to avoid further injury to the area by protecting the injured structures and may involve using an ace bandage, sling or protective tape.
  • Rest--The purpose of resting is to allow the body’s healing processes without movement of the injured area. Movement of injured tissue increases circulation may result in further damage to the injured tissue and increased swelling.
  • Ice--Crushed ice can be placed into a Ziploc bag. A light barrier such as clothing should be placed between the skin and the ice bag to prevent injury to the skin during the application of the ice.
  • Compression--The compression wrap such as an ace bandage minimizes swelling in the injured area.
  • Elevation--Elevation is important immediately after the injury to reduce the amount of blood flow to the injured area.

Always remember it is critical to seek the consultation of a health-care professional for appropriate care.

I am Staten Island Chiropractor Dr. Victor Dolan, the natural health doctor--may you always have Good Health ... Naturally.