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RICE approach for an acute injury especially in the first 48 hours.
R: With an initial injury REST is important to avoid further injury, non painful exercise that does not strain the injured area is usually beneficial. So you can exercise your legs if you hurt your arm for instance. Or maybe swim or do a different type of exercise to usual which can then keep you fit without straining the injury.
E: ELEVATION may be appropriate to encourage drainage of a swollen area – put your feet up! E: exercise (gentle) can begin after a couple of days avoiding the injured area other than to carefully stretch it. Avoid weight lifting or resistance exercise to the area which is inflamed for a month or more usually. Stretching may help by preventing adhesions forming and improving mobility. Alternating hot and cold can be useful once the evident inflammation has reduced; this improves circulation.
Nutritional Naturopathic Treatment
A comparison of just physical therapy versus Naturopathic treatment to arthritic shoulder problems gave success rates of 18% and 54% respectively over a course of treatment. The difference is the nutritional input. With an acute injury we attempt to reduce inflammation and pain while protecting injured tissues, after that stage passes it is about promoting repair. Certain nutrients will facilitate tissue healing beyond what physical approaches alone may achieve especially where a condition has existed for more than a month.