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How To Treat a Dance Injury

If you injure yourself while dancing, you should be aware of the proper and immediate treatment. Some injuries only require self-treatment, but more severe injuries need to be treated by a doctor. Immediate treatment will speed the healing process. A simple way to remember the first aid treatment is to keep in mind the following acronym: RICE.
• R= Rest
• I= Ice
• C= Compression
• E= Elevation

RICE is the recipe for first aid.
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Difficulty:Easy
Time Required: First 48 hours after the injury occurs

Here’s How:
1. Rest: Stop using the injured area as soon as you experience pain.
2. Ice: Apply ice immediately to the injured area for 15 to 20 minutes several times a day for the first 48 hours.
3. Compression: Firmly wrap the injured body part with an elastic or compression bandage between icings.
4. Elevation: Raise the injured part to decrease the blood supply to the injured area.

Tips:
1. If you suffer a dance injury, stop dancing immediately. Continuing to dance may greatly worsen an injury.
2. The following injuries require immediate professional attention: patellar tendinitis, shin splints, sprains, and stress fractures.
3. Use common sense while dancing…pushing your body beyond its limits will almost always cause an injury.

What You Need:
• Ice
• Bandage
• Time
• Possibly a doctor

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