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The RICE method, an acronym for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation, is a self-care protocol widely recommended for managing minor injuries. The first step, Rest, involves limiting movement and activity to prevent further injury and enable the healing process. The second step, Ice, calls for the application of cold packs to the injured area. This helps numb the area, thereby reducing pain and inflammation. Compression, the third step, involves the use of an elastic bandage to limit swelling. It’s crucial to ensure that the bandage is not too tight to avoid circulation problems. Finally, Elevation involves positioning the injured area at or above heart-level to facilitate the reduction of swelling by promoting the return of blood and fluid back to the heart. This comprehensive method is designed to manage symptoms in the early stages of injury, but severe or persistent pain should always be referred to a doctor.