SprainsCare Tips for Sprains
- Keep the injured body part elevated for at least 24 hours to relieve pan and reduce swelling. Swelling may cause dressings to become too tight.
- When lying down, use two pillows to elevate injured feet or legs.
- For hand, wrist or elbow injuries, keep the affected area above the shoulders. Pillows may also be helpful to elevate these injuries.
- Apply ice intermittently for 1.5 hours three times a day for the first 24 to 48 hours. Use a cloth between the skin and the ice to prevent damaging the skin.
- Every two to three hours, unwrap elastic bandages. After five minutes, rewrap the bandage, beginning at the farthest point from the body and wrap snugly toward the body. If fingers or toes become pale, numb or painful the bandage is too tight.
- Contact the RediMed clinic at which you were treated or your family care physician if symptoms persist or worsen. Sometimes fractures and other abnormalities do not show up on initial X-rays.
Seek immediate medical attention if any of the following symptoms appear:
- Loss of sensation, numbness or tingling in or around the affected area.
- Toes or fingers are cold to the touch.