The nurse is providing instructions to a patient with a muscle strain of the right biceps femoris. Which of the following instructions should the nurse include?


• For soft tissue injuries, Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation can reduce swelling and discomfort.

• After sustaining a muscle strain, the patient should apply ice packs for the first 24-48 hours to reduce swelling. After swelling is reduced, the patient should use heat packs to promote healing and reduce discomfort.

• Heat packs for the first 12-24 hours would increase swelling and discomfort.

• Weight lifting should be avoided for at least 1-2 weeks so the muscle has a chance to heal. Heavy lifting with the injured muscle before it is healed may worsen the injury.

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