Sprains, strains, blisters, bruises are an unavoidable part of life for active kids, and forthose you whose children are involved in sports, injuries are more common. Fortunately, only a relatively small number of those injuries are serious, making the rest of them eligible candidates for SCENAR therapy!
Obviously, fractures, head bangs and other serious wounds require medical attention, but minor injuries can benefit from simple and quick SCENAR treatments administered at home. As always, when in doubt, it is always best to consult a medical professional.
Sprains and strains
For immediate care of a sprain, use one of the most approaches — the R.I.C.E. approach (rest, ice, compression and elevation). Add SCENAR therapy into the mix and you have R.I.C.E.S!
Rest: Restrict movement and activities that your child cause pain, swelling or discomfort, but don’t ban all physical activity.
Ice: Even if you know your child needs to see the doctor, ice the area right away until you get there. For icing, use an ice pack for 15 to 20 minutes and repeat every two to three hours for the first 48 to 72 hours. (No need to wake your child while sleeping, though.) The cold temperature helps to reduce pain, swelling and inflammation in injured muscles, joints and connective tissues, and may decrease bleeding if a tear has occurred. If the area turns white, remove ice immediately as it may indicate a cold injury.
Compression: Compressing a sprain with an elastic bandage helps to stop swelling. Be careful not to wrap the area too tightly or you may prohibit circulation. Begin wrapping at the end farthest from the heart and work inward. Loosen the wrap if the pain increases, if the area becomes numb or if swelling occurs below the wrapped area.
Elevation: To reduce swelling by way of gravity, have your child elevate the affected area to a level above the heart.
SCENAR: The sooner you apply the SCENAR the faster the pain relief – so treat as soon as possible. Remember – if you can’t treat the injured area treat its opposite side. You’ll be surprised at the speed of pain relief!