P.R.I.C.E. stands for Protect, Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. This is used in the acute stages of an injury.
- Protect the injured extremity with crutches, splints, braces, or immobilizers.
- Rest the injured extremity to allow for proper recovery. The level of rest depends on the severity of the injury. Rest does not mean to completely discontinue movement.
- Ice acts as an analgesic and constricts blood vessels to prevent further swelling from entering the injured area.
- Compression decreases current swelling and prevents any further swelling from entering the joint.
- Elevate the injured extremity to force any current swelling back to the heart and out of the joint.
P.O.L.I.C.E Stand for Protect, Optimal Load, Ice, Compress, Elevate