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By contactus
May 16, 2011
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No it’s not a new diet craze. Its what most physicians recommend for early treatment of minor soft tissue injuries. If you experience minor soft tissue injuries like minor ankle sprain or hamstring strain, you can manage it with RICE therapy. RICE stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation.
 
So, how do you manage mild injuries with RICE?
 
Rest
 
Within 24 to 48 hours, you should try to reduce or avoid using the injured area. However, you should avoid totally resting or not moving the injured part for more than 48 hours. They say that moving the injured area may help with healing in minor soft tissue injuries.
 
Ice
 
Apply ice pack wrapped in towel to the injured area for 20 minutes at a time, 4 to 8 times per day. Make sure that when applying ice, it should not be for more than 20 minutes as this could cause frostbite. Ice application will help reduce swelling and relieve pain. Avoid applying heat during the acute (immediate injury) stage as this can make your symptoms worse.
 
Compression
 
Compression of an injured ankle, knee, or wrist may help reduce the swelling. These include bandages such as elastic wraps, special boots, air casts and splints.
 
Elevation
 
Whenever possible, keep the injured area elevated above the level of the heart. You can use a pillow to help elevate an injured limb. This will help reduce swelling.
 
While the RICE therapy may be just enough for mild injuries without special medical attention, major injuries such as torn ligaments or fracture require medical treatment. If you experience severe pain or are unable to move the injured area seek medical attention as soon as possible.

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