RICE Method Effective as Initial Management for Sports Injuries
To many of us, the weekend is the only time in which we can engage our favorite activities or sports. Much as we try to avoid it, injuries may occur while doing these activities. And unfortunately, this may also be the time when healthcare professionals take their much needed rest. So except for the extremely serious cases in which it may require emergency attention in medical facilities, we may have to fend for ourselves before having it consulted by the doctor once clinic opens at the start of the workweek.
As in most cases, these injuries may involve trauma to joints and muscles that may include the ankles, feet, knees, and also the arms. In cases like these, medical experts recommend that initial management may have to be in line with the RICE method.
R – Rest the injured part.
Once we get home after being injured, it is imperative to rest the injured part. There is no sense in moving the injured part since this may only cause pain and may even add to the damage already done. So if our ankle has been twisted, it would be best to stay in bed and refrain from moving it.
I – Ice the injured part.
Swelling and inflammation may be prevented or minimized by putting ice on the affected area, thereby controlling the damage and at the same time provide relief from pain and discomfort. Ice application may be done for 20 minutes at least three times a day. A patient may want to put a towel between the skin and the ice to reduce any discomfort.
C – Compress the injured part.
Swelling of the injured part may also be managed by applying some sort of compression using a bandage or any similar device. Any further swelling of the injury may increase the risk and further cause pain. If a bandage is being used, make sure that it is not too tight that will result to a restriction of blood flow. To test the tightness, a finger should easily slip under the bandage.
E – Elevate the injured part
Medical experts remind those who have been injured to elevate the affected part at or above heart level. By doing this, accumulation of fluids may be prevented. At the same, this position allows the injured part to be rested.
See a healthcare professional immediately
Be reminded that RICE is only an initial management method and should not replace the treatment of the injury. A doctor is in the best position to recommend treatment after evaluating the damage and with used of x-rays or other tests. In most likelihood, rehabilitation or physical therapy may be required. For a faster recovery, you may want to avail the services of those who have track records in these types of therapies.