(I'm not a doctor, but I did deal with some minor sports injuries in college and I know people who dealt with major ones.)
Just another reiteration that if you want to combine meds -- especially if you are on any perscription drugs -- you might want to run it by your doctor over the phone. A pharmacist should also be able to check for interactions if you know everything you are on or want to take.
Ibuprofen and Naproxen Sodium (Advil/Motrin and Aleve, respectively) are the normal over-the-counter recommendations for inflammation. Aleve is nice because it lasts a long time -- but you can't really take more of it if you start hurting again halfway through the day. Advil only lasts about 4 hours, but you can adjust the dosage more. As others have mentioned, don't take them together (but you can alternate them on different days to help with building up tolerance). You can combine either with Tylenol (Acetaminophen) for additional pain relief. You might want to try both to see what works better for you personally.
Stretching (before and after activity, and/or just whenever you can) will usually help. Warming up thoroughly before strenuous activity should help, or at least make you less likely to injure yourself.
Cold therapy (ice or cold gel packs) applied for 15-20 minutes will reduce inflammation at the end of the day. You can do multiple rounds of it, but let your joints warm back up in between.
A further warning -- be careful skiing hard or even working out hard when you're injured if you're heavily doping yourself up on analgesics. If your knee/ankle/whatever really hurts
, you may be worsening your injury by trying to push through it. The drugs may make it not hurt (or not hurt as much), but they don't keep you from injuring yourself more. Turning a sprain into a tear will sideline you a lot longer than taking it easy for a few days.
|Apres-ski beer or a-beverage of your choice to be adminstered orally. It will not do squat for your knees :, but if taken in sufficient dosage you will no longer care about the ouch !!!!! :
very effective -- but don't combine alcohol with these drugs, especially Tylenol.
The interaction is toxic to your liver. If you're going to go out drinking, make sure it's at least 10-12 hours after taking Aleve and 3-4 hours after taking any Tylenol or Advil.
Edit: Just noticed this in the last post:
|3 advil 4x daily start 2 days before you head out so it builds in system.
That's a pretty high dosage of ibuprofen for most people. If you're doing it for just a few days, that's probably fine, but it might not be a good idea to do that for a long time. Definitely check with your doctor before you start exceeding the recommended dosage limits on an OTC medication or taking something continually for more than a few days in a row.