For most sports injuries, doctors still prescribe an old standby, RICE: rest, ice, compression, and elevation. “Those things can be useful if applied correctly, but they’ve become a catchall,” says Mark Cucuzzella, M.D., professor of family medicine at West Virginia University and director of the Natural Running Center. “There’s no training for sports injury in medical school, so care tends toward treating symptoms. The only way to heal is by diagnosing what’s causing the symptoms, which is often about structural imbalance, muscular weakness, and improper form.” While stressing that you should always consult a sports-medicine specialist, Cucuzzella recommends the following treatments for the most common maladies.
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