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REST - ICE - COMPRESSION - ELEVATION (RICE PROTOCOL)

REST - ICE - COMPRESSION - ELEVATION (RICE PROTOCOL)

RICE Protocol

Rest – Ice – Compression – Elevation for Acute Injury.

 

It is unfortunate that you have sustained an acute injury.  But at least after this you would be getting things right from the start and will be on the road to recovery in no time.

 

REST.

To heal one needs to rest. PERIOD. No buts.

ICE.

The use of ICE-Cold helps reduce pain and swelling. This is by reducing the metabolic demands of the injured tissue. Please see the section  - Use of Cold and Heat in Injury.

COMPRESSION

Application of a crepe bandage (apply firmly with gentle stretch) helps reduce pain by a splintage effect apart from reducing the swelling more rapidly. The idea is not to strangulate the injured area – if it is painful – it is too tight!

ELEVATION

This helps reduce swelling. The effected part should at least be higher that the more proximal joint. Eg – for injuries of the ankle, elevate the ankle to a higher level than the knee; for injurie to the wrist, elevate to a level higher that the elbow.

Elevate for an long possible for the first 24-48 hours especially when the swelling is significant.

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