PRICE is a mnemonic for remembering the rehabilitation regime of Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation

 

P.R.I.C.E.

Easy to remember if you have any acute knee incident:

  • Protect - immobiliser, splint - depending on severity and situation..
  • Rest - give the knee a chance to heal by not over-stressing it and triggering inflammation
  • Ice - use a pack of frozen peas wrapped in a towel, or a proper cryotherapy unit to cool the knee and reduce the tendency to swell.
  • Compression - firm crepe bandage or firm commercial wrap to limit swelling.
  • Elevation - putting the knee up wherever possible, particularly if possible higher than the heart - to reduce swelling.
Synonyms: 
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Assessing the severely swollen knee after an injury

On the sports field, the practitioner may have to make a quick assessment of the severity of a knee injury. This paper discusses how one might evaluate the injured knee that has suddenly filled up with blood.

PRICE and RICE

Mnemonic for managing your knee after an injury.

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FORUM DISCUSSIONS

RICE and CRPS.

Does fluid in the knee go away?

Help! New patellar tendon pain not going away with RICE.


CLINICAL PUBLICATIONS

What Is the Evidence for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation Therapy in the Treatment of Ankle Sprains in Adults? van den Bekerom MPJ, Struijs PAA, Blankevoort L, Welling L, van Dijk N and Kerkhoffs GMMJ. J Athl Train. 2012 Aug; 47(4): 435–443.


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