PEACE, LOVE & RICE
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After an acute injury such as an ankle sprain, our first instinct is to RICE (rest, ice, compression and elevate). The RICE method was invented in the 1970s. After 50 years, no research has found a better method in treating acute soft tissue injury. However, BJSM has posted an article about PEACE & LOVE and this could be the new way to go about in managing acute soft tissue injuries.
We will talk about PEACE & LOVE in two parts. First part will be PEACE which is used for the initial stage. PEACE is an acronym of Protect, Elevate, Avoid anti-inflammatory, Compression and Educate. As you can see, the main difference is that there is no icing in the initial stage. The reason is that there are studies suggesting that ice could potentially disrupt the inflammation stage. If the inflammation stage is disturbed, it may result in impaired tissue regeneration and redundant collagen synthesis. Therefore it is necessary to allow the tissue to go through the inflammation stage to promote optimal healing in the long term.
After PEACE, it is LOVE. LOVE stands for Load, Optimism, Vascularisation and Exercise. It is used to manage the injury after the initial stage.
Take Home Message:
PEACE & LOVE is a new method of treating an acute injury by allowing the inflammation stage to do it’s work instead of minimising it. This way, it promotes healing and improves long term outcome. Clinicians should aim for a long term outcome instead of short term outcome such as applying ice.
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