Treating Strains and Sprains
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Important Note: Do not give aspirin to children or teens.
Strains and sprains happen when muscles or other soft tissues near your bones stretch or tear. These injuries can cause bruising, swelling, and pain. To ease your discomfort and speed the healing of your strain or sprain, follow the tips below. Remember, a strain or sprain can take 6 to 8 weeks to heal.
To help reduce pain and swelling, ice, wrap, and raise the injured area.
Ice First, Heat Later
Wrap and Elevate