FIRST AID tips: TWISTS, SPRAINS, & STRAINS
Ankle and knee sprains are most common,
but they’re not the only areas to watch. Follow these tips for twists, sprains and strains.
“Rest, ice, compress and elevate” is the mantra for most sprained ligaments.
REST the sprained area—for example, by using a sling for the arm or crutches for the foot or knee. If you’ve strained a toe ligament, taping the injured toe to the toe next to it provides relief.
ICE the affected area for 20 minutes, four to eight times a day.
Wrap a COMPRESSION bandage lightly around the affected joint or limb, and if possible,
ELEVATE the area above the heart level to prevent swelling.
Take an over-the-counter pain reliever that also helps with inflammation such as ibuprofen. Continue R.I.C.E. for 48 hours, then gently resume your usual activities.
See a doctor
If you can’t move the injured limb or joint, if there is a “popping” noise with the injury,
if there is numbness or significant swelling, pain or fever, if you’ve injured the limb or joint previously, or if pain doesn’t improve after a few days.
Sources: Mayoclinic.com and Webmd.com. This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of a doctor with any
questions regarding a medical condition.
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