Written By: James Hayes
Chiropractor

The PRICE protocol consists of 5 steps that should be implemented directly after an injury. PRICE aims to protect the injured tissue from further damage, offer pain relief and limit the symptoms, until further treatment can be performed.

P.R.I.C.E = Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation

At Dee Why Chiropractic Care we recommend patients suffering from acute injuries to adopt the PRICE protocol for the first 24-72 hours.

It is important to note that if you experience increasing pain during this process to stop immediately.

“P” Protection

This is done to prevent further injury.

Use any supportive device to take pressure off the injured tissue such as a sling for a dislocated shoulder or crutches for a leg injury.

“R” Rest

It is important to give your body time to heal.

You need to avoid any activity that increases stress on the injured tissue, as it will slow the healing process.

“I” Ice

This is applied to the injured area to reduce pain and inflammation.

Ice should be applied for 10-20 minutes every few hours. It is important to limit burns and skin irritation; hence we recommend the ice to be wrapped in a cloth to avoid direct skin contact.

“C” Compression

Compression of the area limits swelling and offers support.

The bandage should be applied at “medium tension” to avoid pins and needles, numbness and discolouration of the soft tissues. If you are experiencing these symptoms remove the compression and the symptoms should alleviate. If you are unsure of how to apply compression to the injured tissue, consult a professional.

“E” Elevation

Elevating the injured tissue will help reduce swelling by improving drainage to the affected area. By controlling the swelling we:

  • Decrease pain
  • Limits loss of motion
  • Speeds up recovery

Depending on the severity of injury, the PRICE protocol can completely resolve the symptoms and signs of your injury!

In some cases some pain and compromise to the tissue will remain where further treatment will be required. If you have any questions regarding the PRICE protocol or have an injury you think we can help you with, don’t hesitate to contact us.