If you suffer a strain or sprain injury, think R-I-C-E
(Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate):
REST. Stop using the injured part. The use of slings, splints and crutches
may be helpful. You may borrow a sling or a pair of crutches from the Student Health
Center. Call 804-752-3041.
ICE. Apply ice as soon as possible to ease pain and slow internal bleeding
and swelling. Never apply ice directly to the skin; place a towel between the ice
bag and skin. Ice the injured area for 20-30 minutes, three times a day.
COMPRESS. Elevate injured limb above the heart for at least 15 minutes prior
to wrapping with Ace bandage to decrease swelling and lessen pain. The bandage should
be snug but not tight. Remove ACE bandage while sleeping.
ELEVATE. Pillows can be used. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines like
ibuprofen or naproxen may be helpful for pain and swelling.
Call the Student Health Center if you have: