OrthoWell is P.E.A.C.E & L.O.V.E
Out with R.I.C.E and in with P.E.A.C.E & L.O.V.E
So did you hear that there is a new acronym for how we treat acute injuries. The R.I.C.E acronym has been around for a long time: rest, ice, compression, elevation.
The new acronym and one that we follow at OrthoWell is P.E.A.C.E & L.O.V.E:
PROTECTION: Avoid activities and movements that increase pain during the first few days after injury.
ELEVATION: Elevate the injured limb higher than the heart as often as possible.
AVOID ANTI-INFLAMMATORIES: Avoid taking anti-inflammatory medications as they reduce tissue healing. Avoid icing.
COMPRESSION: Use elastic bandage or taping to reduce swelling.
EDUCATION: Your body knows best. Avoid unnecessary passive treatments and medical investigations and let nature play its role.
LOAD: Let pain guide your gradual return to normal activities. Your body will tell you when it is safe to increase load.
OPTIMISM: Condition your brain for optimal recovery by being confident and positive.
VASCULARISATION: Choose pain-free cardiovascular activities to increase blood flow to repairing tissues.
EXERCISE: Restore mobility, strength, and proprioception by adopting an active approach to recovery.