I found that the “RICE” Method was not practical for me. I didn’t have the time to take off work to rest my hand for 40 hours, as I work with computers all day and need my hand and fingers all the time. So I start my own experiment.
Just about every article I read seem to copy the one plain old method verbadum:
R Rest the joint for at least 48 hours.
I Ice the injury to reduce swelling.
Do not apply ice directly to the skin. Use an ice pack or wrap a towel around the ice or a package of frozen vegetables. Apply ice for about 20 minutes at a time.
C Compress the swelling with an elastic bandage.
E Elevate the injury above the level of the heart.
The first thing I realized was that the Ace Bandage I had around my hand was way too tight (too pressurized). So I loosened it a bit and still firm, and the pain was even less, and I could work without any interference. Coming to the end of the day, I took off the bandage and lightly wrapped it back around my wrist and palm and pinned it together.
When I got home, I had to take off the bandage to take a shower. It hurt like hell. After showering, I put the Ace Bandage back on, very lightly with very little pressure, and I realize that my hand did not have any pain in my wrist, and it was actually “setting” in place for recovery. So I used that hand as little as possible, but did not keep it elevated.
The 2nd day of work, I could use my hand again almost half way, I was amazed and went back online and wondered if I was doing something that was causing me to recover quickly, but didn’t see any clues. When I got free time, I unwrapped my hand and iced it for about 10 minutes (put ice in a ziplock bag). Then I lightly put the Ace Bandage back around my wrist and palm.
On the 4th day, I could take off the Ace Bandage with no pain felt, however, I still kept it on until Sunday to make sure it was fully healed. At this point, my hand was back and I thought it was a miracle, but it wasn’t, it only made more sense to me why it worked so fast. The wrist needed just the right amount of pressure to keep it in place so the body could perform the necessary repairs.
Hope this helps to give you more of an explanation from an actual sprained wrist victim.