Non-Invasive Treatment Options

  • ARehab Center s soon as possible after an injury, experts recommend using the RICE method:

Rest – keep the injured area supported and avoid using for 48-72 hours.

Ice – apply ice to the injured area for 20 minutes every two hours for the first 48-72 hours.

Compression – apply a firm elastic bandage over the area, extending above and below the painful site.

Elevation – raise the injured area above the level of the heart at all times.

  • Referral – as soon as possible, visit a qualified healthcare professional.
  • Do not use heat because that increases bleeding.
  • Do not drink alcohol because it increases bleeding and swelling.
  • Do not run, because running or exercise increases blood flow and delays healing.
  • Do not massage the injury because that will increase swelling and bleeding, and also delays healing.

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