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What should I know about caring for someone with a muscle strain?

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

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