A very common muscle and ligament injury, a sprain can often be treated at home by following NHS guidelines.

Treating the issues which may interfere with your ability to complete everyday tasks.

If you suspect you have a sprain, you can treat it at home by resting the affected area and applying an ice pack to the region for up to 20 minutes, every 2-3 hours.

Wrapping the injury tightly will support the injury and you should keep it elevated as much as possible to minimise swelling.

If you require physiotherapy, it is available through all local GP Surgeries.  Patients can book in directly by contacting their surgery.

How to tell when it's a sprain

  • Tenderness, weakness or pain, usually around your ankle, foot, wrist, thumb, knee, leg or back.
  • There is swelling or bruising in the injured area.
  • You are unable to put weight on the injury or use it as you normally would.
  • Your muscles are painfully tightening in spasms or cramps.

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