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RICE – Good for Knee Pain

September 19, 2015

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This morning I had to fast for a doctor’s appointment – water only for 12 hours.  The hardest part was not having coffee.  So directly after my blood was drawn I went to my friend’s deli.  Large black coffee and a bacon, egg, and cheese on a roll with salt, pepper, and ketchup in case you’re wondering.

Thomas is one of the deli owners and I’ve known him for years.  He took my order and called it into the kitchen.  The breakfast rush was over and lunch was still a couple hours away so we had a few minutes to catch up.

Tom was limping and wearing a basic knee sleeve.  He explained that he had been fishing all weekend and spent a couple days in moderate swells being bounced around on a friend’s boat.  The end result was a stiff knee and a noticeable limp.  There wasn’t any trauma just regular wear and tear.  Thomas in his in his late forties and spends most of the day on his feet, so a bad knee is a bit more than an inconvenience.

Tom has a family and didn’t have time to rest after his fishing trip.  He went directly from the boat to his fatherly duties, and then went to bed.  He woke up and then went directly to work.  Tom knew nothing about RICE.  RICE stands for Rest, ice, compression, and elevation.  RICE is good for knee pain caused by arthritis or a minor injury.

I explained RICE to Tom.  He said he hopes his schedule will allow him to try it.

Good luck Tom.  My fear is that if you don’t find the time, your knee will find it for you.

Now there’s a time to rest and a time to exercise.  Listen to your body.  It will usually let you know when it’s time for what.



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