The acronym RICE can help you remember what to do after a new injury:
•Rest – Limit stress to the injured area for at least the first 48 hours.
•Ice – Apply for 10-15 minutes. Break for 30 minutes. Reapply. (Alternatives to the ice pack include Ziploc bags filled with ice, or a bag of frozen vegetables.)
•Compression – Wrap the injured area with an elastic ACE bandage if possible.
•Elevation – Elevate the injured area to limit swelling.