Effective early management of Soft Tissue Injuries


When a person has sustained a mild or moderate injuring to a muscle, tendon or ligament, aka a soft tissue injury the best early advice to adopt is the RICE acronym.


RICE stands for:

Its not always necessary to see a GP or a Physiotherapist when you have sustained a mild or moderate soft tissue injury. Sports injuries are responsible for over 50% of musculoskeletal injury, so if RICE is adopted immediately after injury and continued for 24-48 hours it can result in the effective self-management of simple sprains and strains.


Seek medical care if:

- you are unable to put any weight through the area

- the area has an altered sensation i.e. numbness

- the area is misshapen

- suspected broken bones or more serious injury to the soft tissue.


Should symptoms persist after a couple of days consider a self-referral to a Physiotherapist.

Author: Chris Bartlett


Chris is Commercial Director for Rehabplus and has worked in the UK rehabilitation and physiotherapy sector for almost 15 years. He has a master’s degree in Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation. He has held a number of clinical and management positions in both UK and Australia.

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