RICE: Routine Care for Injuries

ExitCare Image Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation (RICE) are often used to care for injuries.

HOME CARE

  • Rest your injury.

  • Put ice on the injury.

  • Put ice in a plastic bag.

  • Place a towel between your skin and the bag.

  • Leave the ice on for 15-20 minutes, 03-04 times a day. Do this for as long as told by your doctor.

  • Apply pressure (compression) with an elastic bandage. Remove and reapply the bandage every 3 to 4 hours. Do not wrap the bandage too tight. Wrap the bandage looser if the fingers or toes are puffy (swollen), blue, cold, painful, or lose feeling (numb).

  • Raise (elevate) your injury. Raise your injury above the heart if you can.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You have lasting pain or puffiness.

  • Your injury is red, weak, or loses feeling.

  • Your problems get worse, not better, after several days.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.