What is RICER?

Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation and Referral - these are essential elements for a quick recovery from injury.

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Rest reduces further damage. It is important to avoid as much movement as possible and not put any weight on the injured part of the body to limit further injury.
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Apply a cold pack, such as the Elastoplast Hot/Cold Pack to the injury for 20 minutes every 2 hours.  Ice cools the tissue and can reduce pain, swelling and bleeding. Place the cold pack wrapped in a towel onto the injured area. Do not apply ice or cold packs directly to the skin. Extra care must be taken with people sensitive to cold (such as children) or with circulatory problems.

The Elastoplast Hot/Cold Pack can provide soothing therapeutic relief for injuries and may help to reduce pain and swelling.


hot and cold pack
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Apply a compression bandage, such as the Elastoplast Heavy Weight Crepe Bandage or Elastoplast Hi-Stretch Support and Compression Bandage. Compression can help to reduce bleeding and swelling.

To apply the compression bandage, on clean and dry skin, overlap the bandage by a half to two thirds in a spiral bandaging technique formation. When bandaging around a joint (i.e. knee or ankle) use a figure 8 bandaging technique. To assist in securing the bandage, at the end of the technique do not apply any stretch/pressure on the last 10cm of application. Check that the bandage is not too tight.

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Elevate the injured area to stop bleeding and swelling. You may want to place the injured area on a pillow for comfort and support.
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Refer the injured person to a qualified professional such as a doctor or physiotherapist for precise diagnosis, ongoing care and treatment. A full recovery is then more likely.
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Strapping and Injuries

Taping & strapping can aid recovery of joint pain & injuries, and assist injury prevention. Read our tips and expert advice

injury management

The correct injury management and prevention can help minimise the risk and impact of sports injuries, and maximise your chance of a full recovery.

Always read the label. Follow the directions for use. If symptoms persist, talk to your healthcare professional.

Always see your doctor if the wound is deep, bleeding or shows signs of infection like reddening, swelling or warmth.  

Also make sure to seek medical help if you are not able to clean the wound properly.
In case you have diabetes a proper wound care is of special importance. Always discuss any concerns you may have with your doctor and/or podiatrist, even for the care of minor wounds and skin cracks – especially on your feet.
Please note that none of the above given tips or recommendations substitute medical advice. Carefully read the instructions for use given in our products‘ packages. Important: consult a health professional in case of any uncertainty of treating your wound properly.
The information provided through this website should not be used to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease. It is not a substitute for professional care or advice. If you have or suspect a health problem, you should consult your doctor. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it, because of something you have read on this website.

For further information regarding Elastoplast products, please contact us via email on anz.consumerservices@beiersdorf.com. Carefully read the instructions for use given in our products' packages.

Although compiled with great care, please note that the tips and advice given on this website by no means substitute medical advice and treatment. If you have or suspect a health problem, consult a doctor and follow medical advice regardless of what you have learned on this website. Always read carefully and follow the instructions for use or the leaflets of our products. For further information about our products, please contact us here.

Always read the label and follow the directions for use.