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R.I.C.E.


 

Welcome to our health education library. The information shared below is provided to you as an educational and informational source only and is not intended to replace a medical examination or consultation, or medical advice given to you by a physician or medical professional.

R.I.C.E. stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. Doing these things helps limit pain and swelling after an injury. R.I.C.E. also helps injuries heal faster. Use R.I.C.E. for sprains, strains, and severe bruises or bumps. Follow the tips on this handout and begin R.I.C.E. as soon as possible after an injury.

  Rest

Pain is your body's way of telling you to rest an injured area. Whether you have hurt an elbow, hand, foot, or knee, limiting its use will prevent further injury and help you heal.

  Compression

Putting pressure (compression) on an injury helps prevent swelling and provides support.

 Wrap the injured area firmly with an elastic bandage. If your hand or foot tingles, becomes discolored, or feels cold to the touch, the bandage may be too tight. Rewrap it more loosely.

 If your bandage becomes too loose, rewrap it.

 Do not wear an elastic bandage overnight.

  Ice

Applying ice right after an injury helps prevent swelling and reduce pain. Don't place ice directly on your skin.

 Wrap a cold pack or bag of ice in a thin cloth. Place it over the injured area.

 Ice for 10 minutes every 3 hours. Don't ice for more than 20 minutes at a time.

  Elevation 

Keeping an injury raised helps reduce swelling, pain, and throbbing. It also speeds healing. Elevate the injured area whenever possible.

Call your health care provider if you notice any of the following:

 Fingers or toes feel numb, are cold to the touch, or change color

 Skin looks shiny or tight

 Pain, swelling, or bruising worsens and is not improved with elevation

  R.I.C.E.

R.I.C.E. stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. Doing these things helps limit pain and swelling after an injury. R.I.C.E. also helps injuries heal faster. Use R.I.C.E. for sprains, strains, and severe bruises or bumps. Follow the tips on this handout and begin R.I.C.E. as soon as possible after an injury.

  Rest

Pain is your body's way of telling you to rest an injured area. Whether you have hurt an elbow, hand, foot, or knee, limiting its use will prevent further injury and help you heal.

  Compression

Putting pressure (compression) on an injury helps prevent swelling and provides support.

 Wrap the injured area firmly with an elastic bandage. If your hand or foot tingles, becomes discolored, or feels cold to the touch, the bandage may be too tight. Rewrap it more loosely.

 If your bandage becomes too loose, rewrap it.

 Do not wear an elastic bandage overnight.

  Ice

Applying ice right after an injury helps prevent swelling and reduce pain. Don't place ice directly on your skin.

 Wrap a cold pack or bag of ice in a thin cloth. Place it over the injured area.

 Ice for 10 minutes every 3 hours. Don't ice for more than 20 minutes at a time.

  Elevation 

Keeping an injury raised helps reduce swelling, pain, and throbbing. It also speeds healing. Elevate the injured area whenever possible.

Call your health care provider if you notice any of the following:

 Fingers or toes feel numb, are cold to the touch, or change color

 Skin looks shiny or tight

 Pain, swelling, or bruising worsens and is not improved with elevation

Contact Wisconsin River Orthopaedic Institute at 715.201.3624 for your orthopaedic needs. For your convenience, you can fill out our online Request an Appointment form to book your consultation.

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Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494
Phone: 715-201-3624
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