If you do get injured while skiing (or any other time), there are some simple steps to follow to reduce pain and improve recovery.
The RICER principle is to be applied during the first 2-3 days after a soft tissue injury. Apply these steps unless a bony injury is known to be present.
If there is a suspected bony injury or fracture, emergency medical care is required.
Rest- Rest the injured area but continue to do pain free movement if possible.
Ice- Ice is only beneficial for pain relief. If it helps, use it.
Compression- Applying an elastic bandage or compression wrap is key to decreasing swelling.
Elevation- Elevating the limb is very important to reduce swelling. Raise above the heart or at least off the floor.
Referral- See a physio as soon as possible. An assessment and treatment will ensure the fastest and best outcome.
Pain relief medication - It is recommended not to take anti inflammatories within a couple of days of injury as this may compromise long term healing.
If pain relief is required, take paracetamol based medication.