When should you use the RICE method?
If you have had an injury such as a sprain or a strain you may be familiar with the RICE method. Swelling and pain are the most common symptoms that come with injuries like ankle or knee sprains.
The RICE method stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.
Rest – Take time to rest and protect the area that is injured. Do not take part in any activity that could further damage the area.
Ice – Ice is used to reduce any swelling that has occurred. An ice or cold pack should suffice. It is recommended to apply the ice pack 3 or 4 times a day for 10 to 20 minute intervals.
Compression – Wrapping the affected area with a bandage can also assist with the swelling. Be cautious not to wrap it too tight or it could cause more swelling in the affected area.
Elevation – It is recommended to elevate the injured area on pillows or a bolster to help relieve swelling. It will also be helpful to use ice as you elevate the injured area.
Use these tips next time you injure yourself! This will help wit the swelling and make recovery faster!