You may have heard of the common first aid acronym RICE – standing for Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. However, research from the British Journal of Sports Medicine has shown that this acronym has limited potential to improve post-injury outcomes.
So, what should we do instead? The new medical acronym developed by the British Journal of Sports Medicine is called “PEACE and LOVE”. These guidelines improve your ability to manage acute injuries – from the initial first aid procedures to long-term strategies to maximise recovery outcomes.
Read on to find out more about what each letter stands for.
PEACE is for immediate care – think first aid at the site of injury and the initial 1-3 days of the recovery process.
LOVE outlines the stages of subsequent management to optimise recovery outcomes and help you get back to your favourite activities as quickly as possible.
Where did the ice go?
When injured, everyone rushes towards the cold pack or bag of peas. Icing an injury can be an effective way to reduce swelling, however research shows that cold therapy isn’t always the way to go. Swelling is an indication the body is doing its job and creating the best possible environment for recovery. Ice can limit natural inflammatory processes and reduce blood flow to the area, inhibiting tissue repair. So, think carefully before pulling out the ice pack – and use other options such as compression instead.
Make sure your injury gets the right amount of PEACE and LOVE. Our physios can provide you with a toolkit of strategies and exercises to guide your recovery process:
Dubois, B., & Esculier, J. F. (2019, April 26). Soft-tissue injuries simply need PEACE and LOVE. British Journal of Sports Medicine. https://bjsm.bmj.com/content/54/2/72
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