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Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation (RICE)

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Topic Overview

As soon as possible after an injury, such as a knee or ankle sprain, you can relieve pain and swelling and promote healing and flexibility with RICE—Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may also help relieve your pain and swelling. They include:

Be safe with medicines. Read and follow all instructions on the label.

When your soreness and pain are gone, begin stretching and strengthening exercises slowly, then gradually increase these exercises.


Credits for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation (RICE)

Current as of: July 1, 2021

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Joan Rigg PT, OCS - Physical Therapy


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