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Do ice and anti-inflammatories help the healing process?


Posted by scott_see

My daughter, a ballet dancer, is having problems with her Achilles Tendon.  Do ice and anti-inflammatories help the healing process, or do they just help alleviate the pain/discomfort.  From all that I've read, rest is the only thing that actually helps the tendon heal. 

 Thanks,

 Scott

 
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So it seems that you are incorporating RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) tactics with NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti inflammatory drugs). There has been some evidence that for tendon injuries one should try MEAT (movement, exercise, analgesics, and treatments). Both methods are aimed at speeding up recovery time, and helping to prevent long term damage. They themselves do not fix the injury though. 

Interesting.  I wonder why analgesics rather than NSAID's.  I would have thought reducing inflammation was important.  Maybe not. 

And I wonder what the "treatment" would be.  Unless they just needed a T to complete the acronym.  Any recommendation where I can read more on this? 

Thanks,

Scott

Well here's a good article describing the two, with some additional comments :

thesportsphysiotherapist.com/rice-or-meat-protocol-for-acute-ligament-sprain-treatment/

I am agree with Jeff. You should do as Jeff says. Everything will be alright.
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