Duke of Edinburgh

Sprains

WHAT CAUSES SPRAINS?

A sprain is a soft tissue injury or a damage. A sprain is a joint that involves tearing of the ligament and the joint capsule.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF GETTING A SPRAIN?

The symptoms of getting a sprain are:

-Pain

-Swelling at the ankle

-Stiffness

-Reduced efficiency of function

IF YOU HAVE A SPRAIN, WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?

This is what you should do if you have a sprain:

-Stop your activity.

-Rest the injured area.

-Use icepacks every two hours, applied for 15 minutes and separated from the skin by wet towelling.

-Compress or bandage the injured site firmly extending the wrapping from below to above.

-Raise the injured area above heart hight whenever practical.

-Avoid exercise, heat, alcohol, and message, which can be exacerbate swelling.

-If symptoms get worse in the first 24 hours, see your doctor for further medical investigation.