Remember P.R.I.C.E. – five simple rules to help speed up your recovery in the first 48-72 hours of a sprain (ligament) or strain (muscle) injury.
P IS FOR PROTECTION
Protect the injured area from sustaining any more damage.
R IS FOR REST
Allow the injury time to heal before returning to activities.
I is for ICE
Ice should be applied to an injured area as soon as possible. Do not apply heat.
C IS FOR COMPRESSION
Use a tensor bandage to wrap the injured area. When wrapping, begin at the end furthest away from the heart.
E is for ELEVATION
If possible, raise the injured area above the level of the heart, especially at night, by putting a pillow under the injured area.