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RICE TREATMENT

RICE is a mnemonic for a treatment method for soft tissue injuries which is an acronym for Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation .
RICE treatment is considered a first-aid treatment, rather than a cure for soft tissue injuries and helps to manage discomfort and internal bleeding after injury.

R.I.C.E (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation)

  • Rest: Reduce or stop using the injured area of the body for 48-72 hours. If you have a leg injury, you may need to stay off of it completely.
  • Ice: Put an ice pack on the injured area for 10-15 minutes at a time, 4 to 8 times per day. Use a cold pack, ice bag, or a plastic bag filled with crushed ice that has been wrapped in a towel.
  • Compression: Compression of an injured ankle, knee, or wrist may help reduce the swelling. These include bandages such as crape bandage (elastic wraps), special boots, air casts and splints.
  • Elevation: Keep the injured area elevated above the level of the heart. Use a pillow to help elevate an injured limb.
  • Get professional advice if any injury is severe. A severe injury means having an obvious fracture or dislocation of a joint, prolonged swelling, or prolonged or severe pain.

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