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Are there alternative treatments for sprains?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

The most commonly-used treatments for sprains are, in fact, alternative treatments that you can do at home without any medication. As soon as the injury happens, apply ice to the affected joint using an ice pack or ice wrapped in cloth. Compression and elevation may also help the sprain - wrap the affected area in an elastic wrap or bandage to reduce swelling, and keep the joint elevated above heart level. Resting is a simple yet important alternative treatment - avoid using the injured joint while it still hurts. This may require the use of a cane or crutches so that you can keep weight off the sprained joint. As your ligaments start to heal, gradual movement and exercise will help you to regain strength and range of motion.

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