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.

See also ATHLETIC INJURIES; BURSITIS; FRACTURE; SYNOVITISTENDONITIS.

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