Ligament Sprain

ExitCare ImageA ligament sprain is when the bands of tissue that hold bones together (ligament) are stretched.

HOME CARE

  • Rest the injured area.

  • Start using the joint when told to by your doctor.

  • Keep the injured area raised (elevated) above the level of the heart. This may lessen puffiness (swelling).

  • Put ice on the injured area.

  • Put ice in a plastic bag.

  • Place a towel between your skin and the bag.

  • Leave the ice on for 15-20 minutes, 03-04 times a day.

  • Wear a splint, cast, or an elastic bandage as told by your doctor.

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

  • Use crutches as told by your doctor. Do not put weight on the injured joint until told to by your doctor.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You have more bruising, puffiness, or pain.

  • The leg was injured and the toes are cold, tingling, numb, or blue.

  • The arm was injured and the fingers are cold, tingling, numb, or blue.

  • The pain is not helped with medicine.

  • The pain gets worse.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch this condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.