What is R.I.C.E.R?

Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation and Referral – these are essential elements for a quick recovery from injury.

 

Rest

Rest reduces further damage. Avoid as much movement as possible to limit further injury. Don’t put any weight on the injured part of the body.

Ice

Apply a cold pack to the injury for 20 minutes every 2 hours. Continue this treatment for the first 48 -72 hours. Ice cools the tissue and can reduce pain, swelling and bleeding. Place the cold pack wrapped in a towel onto the injured area. Do not apply ice or cold packs directly to the skin. Extra care must be taken with people sensitive to cold (such as children) or with circulatory problems.
The Hot/Cold Pack can provide soothing therapeutic relief of injuries and may help to reduce pain and swelling.

Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist contact your healthcare practitioner

Compression

Apply a compression bandage, such as Crepe Bandage, covering the injured area as well as the areas above and below. Compression can help to reduce bleeding and swelling. Check the bandage is not too tight.

Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist contact your healthcare practitioner

Elevation

Elevate the injured area to stop bleeding and swelling. You may want to place the injured area on a pillow for comfort and support.

Referral

Refer the injured person to a qualified professional such as a doctor or physiotherapist for precise diagnosis, ongoing care and treatment. A full recovery is then more likely.

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