Forget RICE: here are two new acronyms for soft tissue injuries

Ice and anti-inflammatories are out, and PEACE and LOVE are in

Next time a patient hobbles in with a sprained ankle, maybe all they need is PEACE and LOVE — not RICE. 

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Two Canadian physiotherapists have devised new acronyms for recovery from soft tissue injuries, which recommend avoiding ice and anti-inflammatories in the early phases of injury.

The pair, writing in the British Journal of Sports Medicine blog, say ice and anti-inflammatories may be detrimental to long-term tissue healing as the various stages of inflammation contribute to optimal soft tissue regeneration .