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What should I know about caring for someone with a sprain?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

When caring for someone with a sprain, it's important to help that person do all they can to allow their ligaments to heal. This may include icing the injured area for 15 minutes every few hours, wrapping the joint in an elastic bandage or brace to reduce swelling, and keeping the joint elevated. The most important thing you can do is encourage the person to rest and stay off the joint while it still hurts. Encourage them to use crutches for a few weeks if necessary. If the sprain is severe, help the person get medical advice from a doctor for further treatment.

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