In 1978, Dr. Gabe Mirkin, a physician and former assistant professor at the University of Maryland, first used the acronym RICE as a way to treat an injury. However recently more and more people, and in fact Dr Mirkin himself, have started to question whether or not RICE is the best way to deal with an injury. “Nobody believes in rest anymore,” Dr Mirkin says. “You can get a hip replacement and you’re on the bike 12 hours after surgery.” As for ice, “there is no data to show that ice does anything more than block pain,” he says. “And there is data that shows it delays healing.” These opinions were cited in his own blog .