rest, ice, compression, elevation


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rest, ice, com·pres·sion, el·e·va·tion

(RICE) (rest īs kŏm-presh'ŭn el'ĕ-vā'shŭn rīs)
Mnemonic acronym for a common noninvasive way to treat acute inflammation, especially in relation to orthopedic soft-tissue injury. The affected area should be rested, ice applied, compression via support of some type (elastic bandage, laced boot), and elevation to or above heart level.