1. Twists And Sprains
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Twists and Sprains? No Rice, No Dice.

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If you think you’ve twisted or sprained something, check to see if 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.

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    Rest

    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.

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    Ice

    Grab a cold pack and kick back for 15 minutes, up to 8 times a day.

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    Compress

    Wrap the affected area with a compression bandage to help keep swelling in check.

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    Elevate

    Keep the area above your 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 your injury doesn’t get better within a few days, go see your doctor.

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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.

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