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Management of injury using RICE, Should we Elevate?

 

Summary

If an injured area is loaded beyond its physiological capacity, an increase in inflammation (swelling) is a protective response to prevent further injury.

Some inflammation can therefore be good to protect the injured area.

However, 2 days after an injury you should work harder at reducing the inflammation using some of the principles of RICE

As we have discussed over the last 4 days, the principles that are most applicable for reducing swelling are: relative rest, ice and elevation.  Another option to be discussed with your Doctor, is the use of anti-inflammatory medication.

Jo Lamplough, Senior Physiotherpist, MSc, BSc (HONS), MACP, MCSP.