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Medicine Fit for a King (or Commoner)

Sun, Feb 26, 2012

Joint Problems, Pain Relief

Getting the Royal Treatment at a PRICE You Can Afford

Throughout history, a country’s leaders (and royalty) always had access to the best medical care of the times. A royal’s health was of particular importance because they embodied the strength and stability of the nation. Frequently, the royal family had their own personal physician and surgeon who not only took care of these elite, but helped to set the standard for acceptable types of medical treatment as they became available.

Though becoming the royal physician was a highly coveted position, it came with its own set of risks. If the royal’s condition worsened (or they died), the doctor was held responsible (and sometimes put to death.) Talk about the high cost of health care!

Thankfully, times and methods have changed and a patient need not be a royal family member to get optimal medical treatment (nor do physicians need be afraid of paying with their lives if their patient fails to respond to their medical treatment.)

Today, medical professionals and patients alike share a more equitable price for good health and that’s as it should be – a relationship of give and take for the greater good (along with a cost that both are willing to pay.)

No matter what your “station” in life, remember that good medical advice doesn’t have to be full of glitz and glamour to work…it just has to work.

So many times we tend to think that a more complex medical solution is a better solution. We think the more intricate, the more it costs, the longer the process, somehow the better the result. But when you look at it from a larger perspective, you realize that most simple treatments are much more effective than complex surgeries or taking several prescription medications at once.

Here’s a tried and true remedy for treating aches and pains.

Orthopedic surgeon, Christopher Foetisch, MD, recommends the P.R.I.C.E. method for treating muscle or joint injuries.

P.R.I.C.E. Method For Treating Muscle and Joint Injuries

Protect – Use an elastic wrap, sling, splint, cane, or crutches to protect the area from further injury.

Rest – Avoid any activities that cause pain, swelling or discomfort (to promote tissue healing.)

Ice – Immediately and every two to three hours thereafter for about 15 minutes for the first 48-72 hours (or as directed by your physician.)

Compress – Use an elastic bandage to reduce swelling (taking care to not wrap too tightly).

Elevate – The area above heart level (gravity helps reduce swelling by draining excess fluid.)

This article written by Michele Howe, founder of Burders Do a Body Good.

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