Minor Injuries in Children
Guest: Dr. David Geier – Orthopaedic Surgery, MUSC
MUSC: All kids who play sports will get injured at some point. Dr. David Geier, Director of MUSC Sports Medicine Clinic, has some tips on how to treat minor injuries.
Dr. David Geier: A general rule of thumb to manage pain is to remember the acronym PRICE: P, for protection of the injured extremity. R, for rest; avoid any activity that reproduces the pain. I is for ice, which is always the athlete’s best friend to minimize swelling, along with compression, C, and elevation, E, of the injured ankle or knee.
MUSC: So, that’s protection, rest, ice, compression; which is pressure. And the E is for?
Dr. David Geier: Elevation.
MUSC: When should you see a doctor?
Dr. David Geier: If your symptoms; your pain, your ability to compete, at whatever level, is preventing you from performing, or competing at all, I think it’s reasonable to see a sports medicine physician.
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