We used to tell patients to use the acronym RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevate) after a soft tissue injury such as a strain or sprain. Recent research has shown that we need a more comprehensive approach that differentiated between the acute injury and then the recovery stage that starts a few days later.
To address this need the British Medical Journal of Sports Medicine came up with a new acronym of PEACE & LOVE. Immediately after a soft tissue injury, do no harm and let PEACE guide your approach. After the first days have passed, soft tissues need LOVE and lots of safe movement to encourage healing.
Take a look at the handy infographic below that explains each step of PEACE & LOVE. Share with your friends and family to optimize healing and to reduce chances of permanent injury.
Any questions? I’m happy to assist by email (email@example.com) or at your next appointment!
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