The method you learned for treating an ankle or knee sprain is probably wrong

If you’ve ever sprained an ankle or knee, you’ve probably heard that a couple of days of rest, ice, compression and elevation — RICE — is the surest route to recovery. But some, including the doctor who coined the term RICE, now question the “rest” and “ice” parts of the formula. The old wisdom called for completely stopping activity until an injury healed.

If you’ve ever sprained an ankle or knee, you’ve probably heard that a couple of days of rest, ice, compression and elevation — RICE — is the surest route to recovery. But some, including the doctor who coined the term RICE, now question the “rest” and “ice” parts of the formula. The old wisdom called for completely stopping activity until an injury healed.

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The method you learned for treating an ankle or knee sprain is probably wrong