Price is the acronym of the Protect, Rest, Ice, Compression y Elevation and is used to treat soft tissue injuries considered a first aid treatment to recover faster using it.

Protect: The first principle, aims to prevent any further injury and protect the injured area.

The type of protection depends of the area, is not the same a knee than a shoulder, but in any case may include bandage aluminium splint, protective tape. This protocol depends of the type of the injury, it is used to avoid dangerous movements of the joint (depending on the joint and injury there will be some dangerous moves and others not).

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Example in an ankle sprain, allow movements would be flex (movement of the ankle/foot upwards) and ext (movement of the ankle/foot downwards). Not allowed or restricted movements would be inversion (movement of ankle/foot inwards) and eversion (movement of the ankle/foot outwards).

Rest: The second component, avoids any movement in that area. Any increase in movement of an injured tissue results in increased circulation to the area which increase swelling.

Ice: Third component, used to reduce swelling and pain. Ice has lots of benefits. The most importants are:

– analgesia.
– antiinflammatory.
– vasoconstriction, to reduce swelling.
– decrease pain.
– stimulation of blood circulation.
– improve joint mobility.
– decreasses muscle spam.

When apply?

– muscular and ligaments pathology during first 72 hours.
– tendon pathology when it hurts.
– in bruises during the inflammatory process.

How to apply?

– between 10 and 20 min every two hours.
– not apply directly on the skin.
– use no longer than three days to avoid healing process.
– beware with the rebound effect, if the skin temperature drops significantly, vasodilation occurs which increase the temperature of the area.

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Compression: Fourth part. Pressure around the injured area helps to reduce swelling, it works like a mechanical barrier, so that swelling is minimized in the injured area. The sleeve or wrap should be confortably snug but not so tight, cause it would restrict circulation.

Elevation: The last one. Raising the injured area higher than the level of the heart also helps to reduce swelling.

The circulatory system also called the cardiovascular system, is an organ system composed of the cardiovascular system, which distributes blood, and the lymphatic system, which circulates lymph. The circulatory system is centred on the heart, a muscular organ that rhythmically pumps blood around a complex network of blood vessels extending to every part of the body.

Blood carries the oxygen and nutrients needed to fuel the activities of the body’s tissues and organs, and it plays a vital role in removing the body’s waste products. That´s why is so important to raise the injured area higher than the level of the heart, cause gravity helps to reduce swelling cause make more easier the circulatory system work.

Why is price useful in sports:

Sports has turned so physical nowadays. Sportman has to face big bumpsand shocks. In these shocks and bumps can occur accidents and sportman can be injured. For both sportman, amateurs and professionals is very important recover fast. How much longer it takes to recover, more physical abilities will be lost like strength, speed, endurance or flexibility. Besides other capabilities sich as agility, balance and proprioception.

The sooner they return to practice less capacity is lost and less they will have to recover. Similarly be careful with less serious injuries that go unnoticed, these injuries are not treated properly and evolve into a more serious injury. A tipical example is a sprained ankle which is treated badly and turns in ligament rupture.

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