Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation (RICE)
As soon as possible after an injury, such as a knee or ankle sprain, you can relieve pain and swelling and promote healing and flexibility with RICE—Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.
Nonprescription anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may also help relieve your pain and swelling. They include:
Do not give aspirin to anyone younger than 20 because of the risk of Reye syndrome.
When your soreness and pain are gone, begin stretching and strengthening exercises slowly, then gradually increase these exercises.
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