What is RICE therapy?

RICE therapy is a commonly recommended approach for managing acute injuries, such as sprains, strains, or bruises. RICE stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. Resting the injured area helps prevent further damage and allows the body to begin the healing process. Applying ice or cold packs helps reduce inflammation, swelling, and pain. Compression with an elastic bandage helps stabilize the injured area, reduce swelling, and provide support. Elevating the injured limb above the heart level helps reduce swelling by promoting drainage of excess fluid. RICE therapy is typically recommended for the first 48 to 72 hours following an injury and can help expedite recovery and minimize pain and swelling.
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