Healing with R.I.C.E.
R.I.C.E. stands for rest, ice, compression and
elevation. After an injury, following these four simple steps
can help limit pain and swelling , and can even speed your recovery.
Use R.I.C.E for sprains, strains, severe bruises or bumps. The
doctor may also recommend R.I.C.E. following surgery or breaking a bone.
For the best results, begin as soon as possible after sustaining your
No matter how minor the injury, rest will help prevent
Applying ice to an injury will reduce pain and prevent
swelling during the first 24-48 hours. Never place ice directly
on the skin; instead, place a thin cloth between your skin and the ice
Putting pressure on an injury also helps to prevent
swelling, as well as provides support. If possible, wrap the injured
area with an elastic bandage. If your fingers become discolored
or tingle, the bandage may be too tight – loosen it immediately.
Never wear your bandage to bed.
If you can, raise your injury to a level above your
heart. Elevation helps to alleviate pain, swelling and throbbing.
It even helps your injury to heal faster!