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.
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PRICER (protection, rest, ice, compression, elevation, rehabilitation - for soft tissue injuries).
A TO treat minor strains and sprains, it helps to remember RICE: Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation. Minor injuries can usually be exercised within the limits of pain.
Think PRICES- protection, relative rest, ice, compression, elevation, and support.
The initial treatment is a variation on RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation).
The RICE approach (rest, ice, compression, elevation) is the best basic treatment for ankle injuries, with anti-inflammatories given if needed.
Everyone who experiences occasional sports-related pain should try RICE first (rest, ice, compression, elevation).
The general idea is to do RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) at least 24 hours after an acute injury, then keep movements within a small to medium range for a period of time, followed by strengthening/stretching and other conditioning regimes."
Since these localized problems are usually self-limiting, the best treatment is to reassure the patient, use RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation), and give a steroid injection if an inflamed joint is causing particular concern.