By Phoebe Eckersley For Mailonline
Published: 09:24 BST, 20 October 2019 | Updated: 00:07 BST, 21 October 2019
Dr Gabe Mirkin came up with the RICE acronym for treating injuries in 1978
A doctor who wrote the rules on how to treat a sprained ankle has revealed putting ice on the injury does more harm than good.
Dr Gabe Mirkin came up with the RICE acronym in 1978 which became popular for treating muscle soreness and pain.
It stands for Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation - and said people should put an ice pack on their injuries followed by a compression bandage and then elevate the injury to prevent swelling.
But best-selling author Dr Gabe has now told an Australian newspaper that cold and ice 'delay healing' despite being 'safe pain medicines'.
There was limited evidence that people who use this to treat their pain and injuries recover quicker than others, according to the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy spokesman Dr Roger Kerry.
It said that putting an ice pack on injuries followed by a compression bandage and then elevating the injury to prevent swelling, was the method for treating injuries. But now Dr Gabe Mirkin says putting ice on the sprains and pain could do more harm (file image)
He told the Sunday Telegraph: 'Actually working out how to gradually reintroduce activity and start weight-bearing takes a lot of prognostic activity.
'This [Dr Mirkin’s comments] should be a significant moment, but I don’t know how many physios will hear the message.'
While it has seemed common sense to 'keep still for a few days' and chuck a