If you injure a muscle don’t panic! Follow these steps to safely recover! The old RICE acronym is now outdated and a newer one has replaced it.
As a reminder RICE stood for Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation. The new acronym is POLICE (awesome right!?) and is recommended for minor musculoskeletal injuries. POLICE stands for Protection, Optimal Loading, Ice, Compression, Elevation.
Let’s break the acronym down to clarify any confusing words.
Remember, don’t panic over a small muscle strain. The body is amazing at healing itself if you take the right steps.
And if you have questions or concerns about a muscle strain, don’t hesitate to call you doctor or call us here at Hudsonville Physical Therapy!
Brian Colvin, PT
Mike van Der Laan, DPT
Steve Bartz, PT