As soon as possible after an injury, such as a knee or ankle
sprain, you can relieve pain and swelling and promote healing and flexibility
with RICE—Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
may also help relieve your pain and swelling. They
Do not give aspirin to anyone younger than 20 because of the risk of
When your soreness and
pain are gone, begin stretching and strengthening exercises slowly, then
gradually increase these exercises.
October 11, 2012
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
& David Messenger, MD
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