It’s time for another Austin Sports Medicine 101 class!
Even the best athletes face injuries now and again – but what’s the best way to treat those injuries? Do you ice that sprain or apply heat? We’ve got a few tips to help you navigate the recovery and treatment process:
- There are 2 types of athletic injuries: acute and chronic
- Acute pain hits rapidly but is short-lived
- Acute injuries are sudden, sharp, traumatic injuries
- Acute injuries typically result from impact or trauma like a fall, sprain or collision
- Common signs of acute injuries include pain, tenderness, redness, skin that is warm to the touch, swelling and inflammation
- Cold/ice therapy is best for acute injuries
- Chronic pain develops slowly but is long-lasting
- Chronic injuries are subtle, and sometime come and go
- Chronic injuries are often the result of overuse, but can develop when an acute injury doesn’t heal
- Heat therapy is best for chronic injuries
Come back for our next blogs, as we discuss the specifics of heat and ice therapies!