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The acronym RICE stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.
RICE is used as the first treatment for many muscle strains, ligament sprains, or other bruises and injuries. RICE is used immediately after an injury happens and for the first 24 to 72 hours (1-3 days) after the injury. RICE can help reduce the swelling and pain and help you heal faster.
What does Rest mean?
After an injury, you need to take some time off from your regular activities to allow your body to heal. For example, if you twisted your ankle, you need to not walk around or put weight on your ankle. You should rest the injured body part until it no longer hurts to use it. You should rest the injured body part for at least 1 to 2 days. If the injury is serious, you may need to see a doctor. In these cases, you may need crutches, a splint, or cast and need to rest the injury for an even longer period of time.
Ultrasound is a type of treatment that provides deep heat to tissues. A special machine is used that sends out sound waves at a high frequency. The sound waves generate heat as they go deep into your muscles and soft tissue. The deep heat causes changes in the injured tissue and helps it heal.
When is ultrasound used?
Ultrasound treatment is used for muscle, overuse, and soft tissue injuries. It is used on deep soft tissue, muscle bruises, and to help break up scar tissue that may have built up due to an injury or surgery. Often it is used along with a physical therapy program of stretches and exercises.