DESCRIPTION & HINTS
Use the RICER principle during the first 48–72 hours following a soft tissue injury to encourage healing and reduce inflammation:
R = Rest the injured part, avoiding as much movement as possible. Don’t put any weight on the injured part.
I = Ice the injured area using an ice pack, crushed or cubed ice or a packet of frozen peas wrapped in a clean tea towel. Apply ice to the injured area for 20 minutes every 2 hours. Don’t apply ice directly to skin.
C = Compress the injury using a firm crepe bandage. Make sure that the bandage isn’t too tight.
E = Elevate the injured limb and place it on a pillow for comfort and support.
R = Refer to a healthcare professional such as a doctor or physiotherapist for correct diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation.