Management of Soft Tissue Injuries – Moving from RICE to PEACE & LOVE
31st January 2023
The acronym of RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) is commonly used to manage soft tissue (muscle, ligament, and tendon) injuries but is slightly outdated. We now know that a more proactive approach and an approach that includes the subacute and chronic stages of tissue healing are required.
Two new acronyms were proposed in 2019 – PEACE and LOVE – which includes a more holistic and long-term approach to soft tissue injury management.
Immediately after a soft tissue injury, do no harm and let PEACE guide your approach.
P – Protect
E – Elevate
A – Avoid anti-inflammatory modalities
C – Compress
E – Educate
After the first days have passed, soft tissues need LOVE.
L – Load
O – Optimism
V – Vascularisation
E – Exercise
For expert guidance on the management of soft tissue injuries and a gradual return to activity, you can book an appointment with one of our physiotherapists online by Clicking Here or by contacting 021-4904760.
Article written by Eileen Foyle, Chartered Physiotherapist at the arena clinic