|Littlecote Park Farmhouse,|
|Hungerford, RG17 0SS|
PRICE is a self help regime for the immediate management of acute muscle, ligament and joint injury. The use of the PRICE regime during the first 72 hours following injury is recommended in order to help minimise the risk of further injury and reduce the onset of inflammation. If you have any doubts regarding the application of the PRICE regime, seek medical advice.
Protection. During the early stages, protect the injury from further tissue damage. The type of protection will depend on the site of the injury, i.e. crutches, slings, tapes, splints. Do not completely immobilise the part. The protection should allow for some swelling to occur
Rest. Rest the affected body part immediately for up to 5 days following injury. Avoid placing undue stress on the injured tissue.
Ice. Apply ice to the entire injured area immediately following injury. Use crushed ice in a damp towel or plastic bag, or a frozen gel pack. Apply for approximately 20 minutes at a time. Do not place ice directly on skin.
Compression. Apply compression immediately following injury to limit and reduce oedema (swelling). Always begin at the extremity of the injured limb and work inwards towards the body. Apply work inwards towards the body. Apply pressure uniformly and regularly check fingers and toes for diminished circulation – remove compression if necessary.
Elevation. Elevate the injured part as soon as possible following injury preferably above the level of the heart. Make sure the limb is adequately supported. Do not use compression and elevation simultaneously.