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How can I treat minor sports injuries?

The simple answer, depending on the injury, is summarized by the acronym RICE.
  • Rest: Decrease activity, and no weight should be applied to the injury.
  • Ice: Apply ice to reduce pain and swelling. Apply in 20-minute periods to avoid ice burn or frostbite.
  • Compression: Light compression that allows for swelling. If it gets too tight or causes swelling around the wrap, loosen it.
  • Elevation: Keep the injury above the level of the heart to reduce swelling.
To treat minor sports injuries remember the RICE acronym. This stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. Give the injury sufficient rest, and use ice, compression, and elevation of the injured area above the heart to control any swelling and pain you may have.

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