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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
Be safe with medicines. Read and follow all instructions on the label.
When your soreness and
pain are gone, begin stretching and strengthening exercises slowly, then
gradually increase these exercises.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerDavid Messenger, MD
Current as ofMay 23, 2016
Current as of:
May 23, 2016
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & David Messenger, MD
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