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Self Care Center

Student Health Center
State University of New York
Fredonia, NY 14063

Location:LoGrasso Hall

Phone: (716) 673-3131

Fax: (716) 673-4722


Office Hours

Academic Year

8:00 am-5:00 pm M-F


8:00 am-4:00 pm M-F


How to treat a Sprain


What to do......

The symptoms of a sprain are almost exactly the same as that of a broken bone. When in doubt, sprains should be treated the same as broken bones.  The most common symptoms are:

- Pain

- Swelling

- Bruising

- Inability to move

- Inability to bear weight on the joint

Use the RICE method to treat the sprain

- Rest the sprained joint by not placing weight on it. Use a cane or crutch on the uninjured side to lean away from the injury

- Ice the sprain with an ice pack

- Compress the sprain with a compression bandage. Ask a healthcare provider to show you how to properly apply a compression bandage.

- Elevate the sprain above the level of the heart as often as possible during the first 48 hours.

You should visit a health care provider when:

- There is severe pain.

- The victim is unable to put any weight on it .

- It looks different than the uninjured joint (swelling doesn't count).

- The victim can't move it.

- The victim can't walk more than four steps on it.

- There is numbness in any part of it.

- There is redness or red streaks spread out from the injury.

- It has been sprained several times before.

- There is pain, swelling or redness over a bony part of your foot.




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