This toolbox talk features PRICE. So what is PRICE? Protection, rest, ice, compression, and elevation (PRICE) is a treatment for minor muscle strains, sprains, bruises and other injuries. Knowing how to respond to these injuries promptly and effectively can make a significant difference in the healing process. In this guide, we will explore the essential steps to take when you’ve sustained a minor injury on-site and how these injuries can be managed at home. By following simple yet crucial protocols, you can ensure proper care, alleviate discomfort, and promote a speedy recovery without the need for further medical attention.
Minor soft tissue injuries can typically be treated at home. During the initial two to three days following your injury, adhering to the PRICE method is advisable.
Safeguard your injury against further harm, perhaps by utilising a brace or splint.
Allow your injury to rest for the initial two to three days. Consider using crutches if your leg is injured and you still need mobility. Later, reintroduce movement gradually to prevent the loss of muscle strength, which could impede your recovery.
Apply a cold compress to the painful area, such as ice wrapped in a towel or a bag of frozen peas. This should be done for 15 to 20 minutes every two to three hours to reduce swelling and bruising. Avoid direct contact between the ice and your skin to prevent damage.
Use an elastic bandage or elasticated tubular bandage to compress the injured area. This helps limit swelling and movement. Remember to remove the bandage before sleeping.
Elevate the injured area above the level of your heart and provide support. For instance, if your leg is injured, you can rest it on cushions while lying on the sofa.
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