A musculoskeletal injury is a common reason to end up in the Medical Matrix. With this type of injury, it can be wise to rule out a broken bone or other big problem. Once we get the information regarding the injury, we get to exercise autonomy and decide what treatment options are appropriate.
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Here are 10 tools that you can use to manage an acute injury:
1. Movement. Gentle range of motion movements in the initial phase of an injury keeps blood and lymph flowing into and out of the injured area.
2. Exercise. Once the initial pain has subsided, therapeutic exercise can be added into the mix. Exercise allows the muscles around the tissue to get stronger, brings in more good blood flow, and helps collagen fibers get organized in a strong and healthy way.
3. Curcumin. Curcumin (turmeric) helps pain a lot and it’s one of my go-tos. Yes, I know it’s an anti-inflammatory, but I do not see that it negatively impacts tissue healing in the same way that ibuprofen and naproxen do.
4. Acupuncture. Acupuncture is amazing and cupping will often be used alongside the acupuncture needles for an enhanced pain-relieving effect.
5. Topical pain patches. Pain patches come in many forms. They can effectively use lidocaine, menthol, Chinese herbs, CBD/THC as ingredients. We use topical pain patches in our Home & Office Kits!
6. Contrast hydrotherapy. This is simply using water as medicine, alternating hot and cold applications to the injured area to bring fresh blood into the area with heat and then flushing the blood out with cold. Generally, applying 2-3 minutes of heat and 30-60 seconds of cold for 3 rounds equals one treatment. Click here to get my Contrast Hydrotherapy handout.
7. Arnica homeopathically. Homeopathic arnica is excellent for addressing the pain of an acute injury. Arnica is especially indicated for trauma and bruising. All of Sage Sirona’s first aid kits contain Arnica in some form!
8. Arnica Liniment or Arnica Salve. Super Salve’s Arnica Liniment and Arnica Salve are my go-tos when I have an injury. It relieves pain quickly on application, then it provides deep heat for continued relief.
9. Traumeel. Traumeel is a cream that is applied topically to injuries. It’s a combination of several homeopathic remedies, including Arnica, that make it an excellent topical pain reliever without slowing the healing process.
10. Corydalis. Corydalis is a Chinese herb that excels at pain relief and I love Corydalis Pain Relieving Granules. It’s a Chinese formula with several herbs, but the hero is corydalis. The fact that they are granules and not in a pill ensure rapid absorption and pain relief.
Sage Sirona includes many of the tools mentioned above in our first aid kits. If you want to check out Sage Sirona’s first aid kits, please click here. We offer a lot to help you manage acute injuries!
*This information is for educational purposes only and shouldn’t replace medical advice*