How best to treat your injury- RICER

How best to treat your injury…

RICER is a basic 5 step soft tissue injury treatment plan that is taught during first aid to get on top of an injury quickly. We recommend this along with consulting a Chiropractor if the injury is more serve or rapidly worsening.

How best to treat an injury

What does it stand for?
R – Rest

When it comes to post injury care it is important that you rest the site of injury. It’s best to stay off it as much as possible and to not continue doing anything that particularly causes more strain to the effected area.
I – Ice
Icing the site of injury is beneficial to reduce swelling and pain. We recommend 15 minutes of icing and 30 minutes off and repeating this 4-8 times. When icing, it’s important to wrap an ice pack in a wet towel so you don’t get ice burn.

C – Compression
Compression is good to reduce swelling to an area, just remember not to wrap the area too tightly. This should be done to effected wrists, ankles, etc.

E – Elevation
Elevating the site of injury is great to help reducing swelling to the area, it also help with blood flow.

R – Referral
It is never a bad idea to get an injury checked up on. This is to ensure you haven’t caused a serious  injury to yourself and also means that you can get a beneficial treatment plan to aid your recovery.

If you’d like to know more about RICER or to book in with one of our chiropractors you can call us on (02) 9588 7000. Alternatively you can always book through our online booking gateway.

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