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PRICE/RICE regime

When you have a knee injury, or after surgery, the PRICE or RICE regime is good to remember. This stands for:

  • P = Protection - Clean and protect the wound. Splint it if there is any suspected bone break or the joint feels wobbly.
  • R = Rest - Rest the joint
  • I = Ice - Ice the joint to decrease swelling and inflammation (cryotherapy).
  • C = Compression - Use a compression bandage (but be careful not to put it so tight it upsets the blood flow.
  • E = Elevation - Put the leg up on a chair or the sofa or bed. This helps to minimise swelling.
Updated: 18 Apr, 2013
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