Have a sprain? Get some R.I.C.E.

By Mayo Clinic Staff

If you have a minor sprain, you can probably treat it at home. Remember R.I.C.E.: Rest, ice, compress and elevate. Rest the injured area, but don't avoid all activity. Ice the area as soon as possible after the injury. Compress the area with an elastic wrap or bandage. Elevate the injured area whenever possible to help prevent or limit swelling. After the first two days, gradually begin to use the injured area. Be sure to protect the injured area from further injury. You may need splints or crutches. You should feel a gradual, progressive improvement.

Feb. 26, 2013 See more In-depth