Sprain

ExitCare ImageA sprain happens when the bands of tissue that connect bones and hold joints together (ligament s) stretch too much or tear.

HOME CARE

  • Raise (elevate) the injured area to 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.

  • Do this for the first 24 hours or as told by your doctor.

  • Wear any splints, braces, castings, or elastic wraps as told by your child's doctor.

  • Eat healthy foods.

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • There is numbness or tingling in the injured limb.

  • The toes or fingers become blue or white in the injured limb.

  • The sprained limb is cold to the touch.

  • There is a sharp, shooting pain in the injured limb.

  • The puffiness is getting worse instead of better.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch this condition.

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