Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The RICE method for treating sprains

Sprains and strains are ­often linked with sporting activities as they are caused by sudden tearing or overstretching of soft tissues around bones and joints, which can cause pain or discomfort.
You can use the RICE ­procedure to treat a sprain:
R. Rest the affected area by sitting or lying down comfortably.
I. Put an Ice pack or a cold compress on the injury. This will help to reduce any pain and swelling.
C. Give the injured area Comfortable support. Soft padding and a ­support bandage will help. If your bandage feels too tight or circulation feels reduced, loosen your support bandage.
E. Elevate the ­affected area.
If you have any concerns about the severity of your injury, arrange transport to the hospital and treat it as a fracture.
Source: Daily Mirror

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