RICE : Helping strains and sprains

Baddow HospitalHealth Tip

In the summer months the hype of various sporting events, such as Wimbledon and the Tour de France, along with the sunny weather usually tend to increase our outdoor activities in a drive to improve our fitness levels.

If we are not used to the increase in activity our bodies, particularly as we age, we aren’t as flexible or forgiving as they are when we are younger. This can lead to greater numbers of injuries and strains, especially if we don’t warm up properly.

Strains or sprains are common injuries and they can also be the result of overuse of muscles and joints. Acute pain (sudden onset from injury, overuse or trauma), swelling, stiffness and bruising are symptomatic of strains and sprains and the best form of treatment for these is rest, ice, compression and elevation (RICE)

Rest the joint or muscle involved

Ice is the best way of reducing swelling and increasing mobility

Compression in the form of strapping such as a bandage or tubular webbing

Elevate the affected area to decrease swelling and to rest

Take pain killers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen to ease the pain.

If you suspect a more serious injury then go to your local A&E Department

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