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R.I.C.E. Treatment

R.I.C.E. Treatment

  • Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation
  • First aid for strains, sprains, contusions, dislocations, or uncomplicated fractures
    • Rest
      • Stop using injured part
        • Continued activity could cause further injury, delay healing, increase pain, and stimulate bleeding
      • Use crutches to avoid bearing weight on injuries of the leg, knee, ankle, or foot
      • Use splint for injuries of the arm, elbow, wrist, or hand
    • Ice
      • Hastens healing time by reducing swelling around injury
        • Sudden cold contracts blood vessels
        • Helps stop internal bleeding from injured capillaries and blood vessels
      • Keep damp or dry cloth between skin and ice pack
      • Do not apply ice for longer than 15 to 20 minutes at a time
      • For 3 days after injury
        • Apply every hour for 10 to 20 minutes
      • Apply ice after 3 days as long as pain or inflammation persist
        • Apply at least 3 times throughout the day for 15 to 20 minutes
    • Compression
      • Hastens healing time by reducing swelling around injury
        • Decreases seeping of fluid into injured area from adjacent tissue
      • Use elasticized bandage, compression sleeve, or cloth
        • Wrap injured part firmly
          • Do not impair blood supply
            • Too tight of compression may cause more swelling
        • Wrap over ice
        • Loosen the bandage if it gets too tight
    • Elevation
      • Elevate injured part above level of heart
        • Decreases swelling and pain
        • Use objects and pillows for props
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