Treating Symptoms

  1. Follow RICE therapy

RICE stands for Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate

  • Rest – from activity by resting sprained/strained area – a continuation of stress can increase damage
  • Ice – apply cold compress for 20 minutes – make sure ice is wrapped and not pressed against skin
  • Compress – wrap bandage around area to prevent swelling
  • Elevate – limb above heart
  1. Control inflammation

Do not provide aspirin to persons under age 19

  • Provide over-the-counter drugs such as: ibuprofen, acetaminophen or aspirin

Call Doctor

  • If having a fever, extreme swelling, or open cuts and pain
  • Numbness
  • Unable to use limb properly
  • There is a sound caused by injury with limb

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