Recently, I’ve had a number of friends come down with injury from a variety of activities. Some were in competitive sports, some were in intensive training for dance performances, and yet others were just unlucky and got into accidents.
Invariably the most common question is: What do I do?
Unfortunately, the most common response is:
PRICE. Protection. Rest. Ice. Compression. Elevation.
Yeah, I know. Boring right? There are not a lot of people who would immediately apply PRICE for a few common reasons. Inability to rest, need to continue to compete, obsession, addiction, and even laziness. In addition, what to do has a lot to do with the nature, type, site and other factors of the injury itself. So PRICE may not be nice for all.
While what to do may vary depending on the case, what can quite uniformly apply to a large variety of cases is advice on what not to do.
So today, we’ll talk about how to practise the Hippocratic oath – first, do no HARM.
Imagine you were an actor and you had to portray an old man.
How would you do it?
Chances are, you’d hobble around, bent over, exaggerating the effort required to do anything from getting up from a chair to rolling out of bed. Movement would be slow, pained and deliberate. You might limp, move about stiffly, and be quite weak at various tasks.
Perhaps. Not all older people exhibit these signs, but these are the characteristics one often associates with being old.
Yet would you be surprised that many people in the 30s or 40s or even below, behave just like this? Perhaps not in such an exaggerated fashion, but certainly with some stiffness, pain, and limitation to doing various activities.
That’s what injuries can do to you. They can make you act, move, and feel many years past your true age.
And that’s why, if you want to feel young and be young, you have to take injuries seriously.