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An acronym for a simple and effective primary treatment for many sports-related musculoskeletal injuries: R = rest the injured part (this may require either absolute or relative rest, depending on the severity of the injury); I = apply ice (see ice treatment); C = apply compression (see bandage); and E = elevate the injured extremity above the level of the heart to facilitate venous return. RICE is the cornerstone for treating many sports injuries. For soft-tissue injuries, such as sprains and strains, RICE should begin as soon as the injury occurs, or as soon as symptoms are felt. RICE helps reduce swelling, restricts bruising, and accelerates the healing process.

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