R.I.C.E. is the mnemonic for remembering the rehabilitation regime of Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation

Page updated September 2023 by Dr Sheila Strover (Clinical Editor)

Icing the knee

Icing the knee using a Cryocuff.

 

RICE is easy to remember

RICE is easy to remember:

  • R - REST the knee, and cut back on activities, using walking aids where appropriate.
  • I - ICE the joint intermittently, using a bag of ice or frozen peas wrapped in a towel, or use a professional icing machine like a Cryocuff.
  • C - COMPRESS the joint with a firm bandage to reduce swelling.
  • E - ELEVATE the knee when you are at rest.

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What does icing the knee achieve?

Intermittent cold will cause local blood vessels to contract and less fluid will escape into the tissues. It also dampens the inflammatory process.

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Dr Sheila Strover (Editor)
BSc (Hons), MB BCh, MBA

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