teamCSSM - Camberwell Sports and Spinal Medicine
Soft tissue injuries such as strains and sprains are the most common sporting injuries. You may have heard of RICER and No HARM as immediate management techniques when someone tears a muscle but is PEACE & LOVE better?
Earlier this year, the British Journal of Sports Medicine published a report suggesting PEACE & LOVE as a superior acronym (1).
PEACE is for the first 72 hours after an injury, to be commenced immediately:
P – Protect
E – Elevate
A – Avoid anti-inflammatory medications
C – Compress
E – Educate
After the first 72 hours have passed, soft tissue injuries need LOVE:
L – Load
O – Optimism
V – Vascularisation
E – Exercise
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