If you have a sprain, a common treatment is R.I.C.E.: rest, ice, compression, elevation.


Don’t do anything vigorous with the sprained body part, and try to avoid activities that cause pain. Wrapping or splinting it may reduce pain.


Put ice on for 20 minutes at a time. Never put ice directly on your skin: always wrap it in a towel or some other cloth.


Using an elastic bandage, wrap the sprain. Make sure it’s not too tight and you can still move all your body parts.


Raise the sprained body part above your heart as much as possible to reduce swelling. Putting the sprain on a pillow while you sleep may help.


If the pain is getting worse, you can’t use your sprained joint at all, or you have any other concerns, go to Ortho On Call or make an appointment. You need an examination to see if you have a broken bone or other serious injury.

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