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Definition of RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation)
RICE – The acronym for rest, ice, compression, and elevation.
RICE is the common first-line therapeutic approach for most musculoskeletal injuries such as sprains and strains.
- Rest removes the injured part from the source of the injury.
- Ice slows the process of inflammation and eases pain.
- Compression, such as a wrap or brace, provides support so the muscles can relax.
- Elevation slows the flow of blood through the part, further easing pain, reducing swelling, and enforcing rest.
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