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A mnemonic for the initial management of acute musculoskeletal injuries. P = protection against further injury (e.g. by using a sling); R = rest, from absolute rest to relative rest, depending on the severity of the injury: I = ice (see ice treatment): C = compression, for example, with a bandage: E = elevation of the injured part above the heart to enhance venous return: and S = support, for example, by taping.

Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine.

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