First Aid Fact – How To Treat A Sprain

Here are 4 easy steps on how to treat a sprain

Control swelling with RICE therapy:

RICE stands for:

  • Rest the sprained or strained area. If necessary, use a sling for an arm injury or crutches for a leg or foot injury. Splint an injured finger or toe by taping it to an adjacent finger or toe.
  • Ice for 20 minutes every hour. Never put ice directly against the skin or it may damage the skin. Use a thin cloth for protection.
  • Compress by wrapping an elastic (Ace) bandage or sleeve lightly (not tightly) around the joint or limb. Specialized braces, such as for the ankle, can work better than an elastic bandage for removing the swelling.
  • Elevate the area above heart level.