Health Tip of the Week: RICE for injuries

Health Tip of the Week: RICE for injuries

Physical therapists recommend RICE for acute injuries such as sprained ankles. RICE stands for:

• REST (stop using the injured limb; use crutches if necessary)

• ICE (apply an ice pack for 20 minutes at a time, several times a day)

• COMPRESSION (wrap the injured area with an elastic bandage to reduce swelling)

• ELEVATION (keep the injured body part above the level of your heart, which also reduces swelling)

Following this advice for the first 72 hours after an injury will speed healing.

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