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How to treat a muscle or ligament strain

How to treat a muscle or ligament strain

Medical Conditions

Treatment will depend upon the degree and severity of the injury. Severe injuries or injuries that continue to worsen should be seen by your medical expert. Mild strains can be treated at home by the following acronym PRICE.

P - Protect against further injury. This may involve the use of supports during both recovery and rehabilitation.

R - Rest for the first 48 to 72 hours.

I - Ice the injured muscle, ligament or soft tissues for the first 48-72 hours. Take care to ICE correctly by reading my guide to safe icing.

C - Compress the injury to help reduce swelling with a simple elasticated bandage. Take care that the bandage is not too tight, that it does not restrict the blood flow and always remove the bandage prior to going to sleep.

E - Elevate where possible as elevating the injury helps reduce swelling. To effectively help reduce the swelling where possible the injured area should be elevated above your heart level.


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