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Treating Sprains with Ice Packs

Treating Sprains with Ice Packs

Planning a skiing trip this winter? Along with winter sports and icy outdoor conditions come the chance for injuries, such as sprains and sore muscles. Medical professionals recommend cold therapy in treating minor sprains.

Need an ice pack in a hurry?

* Grab a bag of frozen peas from the freezer to apply to a sprained ankle, wrist or sore knee.
* To make your own cold pack:

1. Place 1 part isopropyl alcohol to 3 parts water into a zip lock freezer bag. Double bag to prevent leakage.
2. Label the bag, ‘Sprain Pack’ and ‘Don’t Consume’ with a permanent marker. The alcohol will keep the water from freezing solid, making a soft, cold pack when needed to treat sprains.
3. Lay the bag flat in the freezer. Store in the freezer and remove as needed.

Treating a Sprain:

* Place a towel between the ice pack/cold pack and the injured area of the body when using.

* “Apply cold packs to the injured area immediately, especially if a sprain may be involved. Cold helps to reduce swelling and inflammation.

* If possible, elevate the injured area.

* Apply cold for ten minutes and remove it for ten minutes.

* Repeat this cycle for at least sixty to ninety minutes following the injury.

* Thereafter, apply cold intermittently for another twenty-four to thirty-six hours, keeping the injury elevated as much as possible.

* If there is significant swelling, call your physician right away or go to a hospital emergency room to have the injury evaluated, especially with injuries to the wrists and ankles, it is wise to have x-rays taken to make sure no bones have been broken.” – Excerpt from Prescription for Nutritional Healing by Phyllis Balch, CNC.

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