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What is P.R.I.C.E. Therapy?

Updated: Jan 11

In this section Cypress Foot and Ankle expert Dr. Christopher Correa discusses P.R.I.C.E therapy. P.R.I.C.E. therapy is a treatment protocol for managing acute soft tissue injuries. The acronym stands for Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation, and it is a widely recognized and commonly used approach for managing sports injuries, sprains, and strains.

The components of P.R.I.C.E. therapy are:

  1. Protection: To prevent further injury, it is important to protect the affected area from additional trauma. This can be done with a splint, brace, or crutch, or by using tape or padding.

  2. Rest: To allow the affected area to heal, it is important to reduce or eliminate the activity that caused the injury. Resting the affected area helps to reduce pain, swelling, and inflammation.

  3. Ice: Applying ice to the affected area helps to reduce swelling and numb pain. It is recommended to apply ice for 15-20 minutes every 2-3 hours during the first 48-72 hours after the injury.

  4. Compression: Compression of the affected area helps to reduce swelling and support the injured tissue. This can be done with a compression bandage or wrap.

  5. Elevation: Elevating the affected area above the level of the heart helps to reduce swelling and improve circulation. This can be done by propping up the affected limb on a pillow or cushion.

It is important to note that P.R.I.C.E. therapy is not suitable for all types of injuries and should be used in conjunction with a professional medical evaluation and treatment plan. associated bruising after injury usually means injury to either tendon, bone, or ligament and needs a proper medical evaluation. If you have a serious injury, it is recommended that you seek medical attention as soon as possible. If you recently suffered a foot or ankle injury, make an appointment with the experts at Select Foot and Ankle Specialists today and take the first step towards recovery!

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