The immediate treatment of any soft tissue injury consists of the RICER protocol:
- Elevation and
The protocol should be followed for 48-72 hours. The aim is to reduce the bleeding and damage within the joint.
The No HARM protocol should also be applied;
- No heat,
- No alcohol,
- No running or activity,
- and No massage.
This will ensure decreased bleeding and swelling in the injured area.
This regime should be used for all ligament sprains, muscle sprains and muscle bruises. Referral for bumps and bruises which occur in sport or physical activity, other than those which are minor is recommended.
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