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What is RICE therapy?

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RICE stands for:

  • Rest the sprained or strained area.
  • Ice for 20 minutes every hour. Never put ice directly against the skin or it may damage the skin. Use a thin towel for protection.
  • Compress by wrapping a bandage or sleeve lightly (not tightly) around the joint or limb.
  • Elevate the area above heart level if possible.

From: Sprains and Strains Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Fractures: An Overview" and "Sprains and Strains: What's the Difference?"

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Sprains and Strains."

Beutler, A.  2009 Dec 15;80(12):1472-1474. Am Fam Physician.

Sprains and Strains Information from eMedicineHealth.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on January 15, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Fractures: An Overview" and "Sprains and Strains: What's the Difference?"

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Sprains and Strains."

Beutler, A.  2009 Dec 15;80(12):1472-1474. Am Fam Physician.

Sprains and Strains Information from eMedicineHealth.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on January 15, 2018

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