After an injury occurs the steps to take immediately after are vital to the longevity of an injury. Immediately after an injury, the R.I.C.E policy should be taken into effect.
R stands for rest. After the initial injury (muscle strain, overuse, inflammation, pulled muscle, pinched nerve etc.) keeping off the injured body part is extremely important. Ignoring pain and continuing through the injury can make the injury worse, or cause a chain reaction and cause something else to get injured.
I stands for Ice. Icing will reduce swelling, and help mask the pain. Icing should occur multiple times a day for the first three days after the injury. Try to ice for 15-20 minutes.
C stands for compression. Compression will also help with reducing the overall amount of swelling. When wrapping the injury be sure to not wrap too tightly and cut-off circulation.
E is for elevation. Elevating the hurt body part above the hearth will increase the amount of blood flow to the injured area. Increased blood flow will reduce swelling and speed up recovery time.
R.I.C.E. is a great method for treating new injuries. If the pain stays present for more than 4 days more treatment may be needed. Some injuries are very specific and require rehabilitation therapy. Other injuries may heal on their own after a period of inactivity.
The success of R.I.C.E will vary depending on the severity of the injury. If a bone is sticking out, or if the pain is unbearable go see your provider.