Following any acute injury, to soft tissue or bone, the first 72 hours or 3 days are very important in minimizing swelling, bleeding and ultimately the formation of scar tissue and adhesions. Careful management in the first 72 hours can significantly shorten the time taken to return to normal activity and sport.
The principles are simple.
As soon as possible after the injury, and for 72 hours after the injury, you should adopt basic first aid principles by using the RICER method:
Avoid any of the HARM factors in the first 48 hours to prevent increased swelling and help your recovery:
By closely following this protocol you will return to sport and activity sooner.