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Strains and Sprains


You may have a strain or a sprain if:

  • You feel increasing pain
  • You have difficulty moving the injured part
  • Your strength has decreased
  • You notice swelling around the area

What to Do:

  • Stop activity right away.
  • Think R.I.C.E. for the first 48 hours after the injury:

Rest:  Rest the injured part until it’s less painful.
Ice:  Wrap an ice pack or cold compress in a towel and place over the injury immediately. Continue for 15 minutes at a time, six to eight times a day.
Compression: Support the injury with an elastic compression bandage for at least 2 days.
Elevation:  Raise the injured part above heart level to decrease swelling.

  • Take ibuprofen for the pain and to reduce swelling.
  • After 48 hours, apply a heating pad or moist heat three to four times a day.

Seek emergency medical care if:

  • You have significant pain when the injured part is touched or moved
  • You have trouble bearing weight after an injury
  • There is increasing bruising
  • You experience numbness or a feeling of “pins and needles” in the injured area
  • A limb looks “bent” or misshapen
  • There are signs of infection (Increasing warmth, redness, swelling, and pain)
  • The strain or sprain doesn’t seem to be improving after 5 to 7 days

Think Prevention!

    • Warm up properly and stretch before participating in any sports activity, and always wear appropriate protective equipment.

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