PRICER & HARM

Application of Cold Therapy

Ice Gel TreatmentThe process for using cold therapy as initial treatment for soft tissue injuries is based on the principles of PRICER and ‘avoid HARM’. These are most important in the 48-72 hours following the injury and provide the tissue with the best possible environment for recovery, ultimately leading to a quicker return back to sport or activity.

Implement PRICER

   
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Protection – Protect injured tissue from undue stress to limit inflammation and promote healing.

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Rest – Avoid activities that increase blood flow which may lead to increased swelling and pain.

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Ice – Limit damage and reduce pain, swelling and inflammation. Bring out bruising.

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Compression – Apply a firm bandage to limit swelling, that does not restrict circulation or cause additional pain.

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Elevation – Reduces/limits the swelling, reduces the pressure in the local blood vessels and helps to limit the bleeding into the area. Elevation above the heart is ideal.

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Refer – Refer on to specialist management i.e. qualified medical practitioner.

 
Avoid HARM

In the first 48-72 hours, avoid:

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Heat – Increases blood flow and swelling.

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Alcohol Drinking – Alcohol increases blood flow and swelling, and may lead to injury aggravation.

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Reinjury – Protect the joint until it has healed adequately.

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Massage – Promotes bloodflow and swelling. Massage can increase damage if begun too early.