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P.R.I.C.E: 5 Simple Rules To Speed Up Recovery Of Strains And Sprains

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.

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