1) Bow down to P.R.I.C.E. Principles Initially

Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression, and The elevation is another derivative version of traditional R.I.C.E. principles. The P.R.I.C.E. should be must be followed for the first 48 – 72 hours immediately after the injury. The goal is to control the amount of swelling to, prevent further injury, and to reduce the pain.

P- Protection – Use ace bandage, over-the-counter brace, aluminum splint, sling, protective tape, etc. to partially immobilize the injured area.

R- Rest – A person should not indulge in activities that stress the injured area to the point of pain which causes slow healing. The purpose is to allow the body’s healing processes to naturally occur.

I- Ice- Cryotherapy is the use of cold treatments to treat injuries. Ice reduces swelling as well as decrease pain. Use a simple plastic bag of crushed ice to place over on the light barrier like a paper towel over the affected area for 10 to 15 minutes.

C-Compression- compression wrap should be applied to the injured area right after the Ice pack to minimize the swelling. Three-inch elastic bandages can be used for an adult’s ankle.

E- Elevation- Elevate the leg to a certain height to reduce the amount of blood flow to the injured area. The injured area has to be above the heart level. Controlling swelling can help decrease pain and speeds up recovery time.