9/28/12

Case Study: No Ice


You might have read the icing post from earlier this week and thought to yourself, "gee this guy has no idea what he's talking about." That's okay I'm pretty sure half of everyone I've ever talked too would agree with you. Whenever I first heard about the debate on whether or not we should ice I thought those guy's have no idea what they're talking about. Alas I listened to their bold claims and realized they had something. So I decided to use people I knew as test subjects. This brings me to the website's first ever Case Study.



Subject name: R
Age: 49
Gender: Female
Body type: Medium build
Injury: Swelling and edema of the right knee
Cause of injury: On vacation did a lot of walking and stair climbing. Knee was previously aggravated.
Procedures for recovery: Compression therapy, mobility stretches, massage, heat.

Detail:
Patient R returned from a week long vacation with noticeable swelling in her right knee [swelling will be 100% normal knee will be 0%]. Initial treatment was compression therapy and passive movement done by me, the trainer. Once the knee began to warm up she started to walk around and lightly squat while still wearing the ace wrap for compression. 20 minutes into the warm up she was able to do wall squats for bouts of 30 seconds. Prescription was given that she use ace bandage wrap and a heating pad and actively stretch at a minimum every 3 hours. The next training session was 2 day's away. Upon the next session swelling was at 30-40% and near full range of motion had returned. No ice was administered and the edema of the knee had drastically disappeared. The result suggest's that no ice was necessary because the injury occurred over 48 hours prior. Heat, compression, and movement allowed for the lymph nodes to drain the area and reduce swelling and pain.

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BS, MS - exercise Physiology
EPC - Board Certified Exercise Physiologist

Published Thesis
The impact of three different forms of warm up on performance

Graduate from Midwestern State University, founder of Endunamoo Barbell Club, and Endunamoo Strength and Conditioning. Working to help athletes physically reach their goals and achieve scholarships while spiritually pouring into as many people as possible on all platforms.