If you think you’ve twisted or sprained something, make sure you can move it, that it doesn’t “pop” when you do, and that there’s no numbness, excessive swelling or fever. If you have any of the previously stated symptoms, you’ll need to see a doctor. If swelling and pain are your main concern, get ready to RICE it:
Stay off of that sprained or twisted joint. Use a sling for arms or crutches for ankles, knees and feet. You can also tape fingers or toes together for extra relief.
Grab a cold pack and kick back for at least 20 minutes, 8 times a day.
Wrap the affected area with a compression bandage to help keep swelling in check.
Keep the area above the heart to help control swelling. Take an over-the-counter pain reliever to help reduce any discomfort and keep RICE-ing for at least 48 hours. If it doesn’t get better in a few days, go see your doctor.
Sources: Mayoclinic.com and Webmd.com. This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of a doctor with any questions regarding a medical condition.