The biggest thing that people forget is that after the swelling goes down (hopefully around 48 hours) RICE turns into MICE. We want to make sure that we are Moving or Mobilizing the injury to prevent loss of motion. Small range of motion exercises should be completed at this time. The exercises should not cause any extreme pain or discomfort. The ice, compression and elevation should continue as able for at least the first ~5 days following the injury.
Hopefully, the boy’s swelling will decrease in the next day or so and we can get him doing some small exercises and ultimately back to sports in no time!
Hope everyone had a good St. Patrick’s Day with no injuries!