After bragging in my post just last week that I hadn’t injured myself in over a year, I turned my ankle while working in the garden yesterday. Argh!
So this week, I can write about my proven recovery technique for turned ankles, wrenched knees, and pulled back muscles. My first priority is to keep the swelling down. I use RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation) plus Naproxen for that purpose.
My second priority, which counteracts the first a little, is to keep going. I recover more quickly with a combination of rest and movement. I employ a kind of Midwestern callousness. We’ll tell a child with a scraped knee to rub dirt in it. Which is not taken literally. It’s a reminder that small unsolvable problems are best handled by a refusal to whine and a determination to get on with things.
So, I’ll be doing a lot RICE and Naproxen today. My exercise session will be stretching and dumb bells. But, I’ll rub some dirt in it and do a little walking, too. So far, the evidence is that my ankle feels a little better after five minutes of slow walking than it did before. I hope by this time next week, I’ll report that I’m walking for exercise again.
How do you handle minor injuries?
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