Have a sports injury? Try RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) first. When started soon after a sprain or strain, this therapeutic treatment is the perfect way to reduce inflammation, swelling and pain.
After an injury it’s important to rest to prevent further damage. The injured area should be protected, but don’t use this as an excuse to be inactive. Complete inactivity can lead to decreased strength and mobility.
Icing an injury can help reduce swelling, inflammation and pain. Apply ice for 20 minute periods every couple of hours. To prevent skin damage be sure to always wrap the ice in a towel before application.
Using an Ace bandage, brace or tape can help immobilize and protect the injured area. It will also reduce swelling. Just be careful to not make your compression too tight, which can hinder blood circulation.
Elevate the injured area above the heart as much as possible. Gravity will allow the excess fluid to drain from the area and reduce swelling.
RICE Not Working? See a Sports Medicine Specialist
If you have a sports injury that doesn’t heal within four days of using RICE therapy, it’s time to see a specialist. Roper St. Francis has an expert who can see you fast and get you back in the game.
So whether you’re a weekend warrior wincing after a pick-up game, a morning runner who’s losing their stride or a player on a competitive team, you can count our certified sports medicine doctors.
You don’t need a referral to see one of our orthopaedic specialists, just fill out the form and a member of our team will be in touch to set up your appointment.