Have you recently sprained your ankle? Stubbed your toe? Stepped off a curb wrong? Or did you experience some other sort of minor trauma or acute injury? If you have swelling and pain, RICE may be able to help you out! This method of pain management can help ease the swelling and ache if you are unable to come in to see Dr. Mendoza for a few days following an injury.
RICE: Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevate
R: Rest the injured area to protect it from further damage.
I: Ice can be applied for 20 minutes at a time with 20 minute breaks, and as often as you can.
C: Compress the injured area with an elastic bandage, but be careful not to wrap too tightly.
E: Elevate the injury site above the level of your heart, put a pillow under your foot every time you are sitting or lying down.
So sit back, throw a wrap and ice on, prop your leg up, give us a call at 615-452-8899, and relax!