Sprains and Strains

Also indexed as:Neck Pain
Beat the aches and pains of sprains and strains. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
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Beat the aches and pains of sprains and strains. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
  • Control swelling and pain

    Use the R.I.C.E treatment: Rest the body part, Ice it every hour, Compress it with elastic bandages, tape, or a brace, and Elevate it above your heart

  • Get some over-the-counter relief

    Try naproxen (Aleve), ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), or aspirin to reduce pain and inflammation

  • Control inflammation with enzyme preparations

    Take 4 to 8 tablets a day of proteolytic enzymes containing trypsin, chymotrypsin, and/or bromelain for inflammation

  • Take a multivitamin

    Extra vitamins and minerals during recovery can help insure against deficiencies that slow the healing process

  • Talk to your doctor

    Prescription-strength naproxen (Naprosyn), ibuprofen (Motrin), and meloxicam (Mobic) are commonly prescribed

  • Get help for serious injuries

    Also, see a doctor if you cannot move or put weight on the body part, if the part looks crooked, if pain or tenderness is severe, if there is numbness or redness in the area, or if you have any other concerns about your injury

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The information presented in Aisle7 is for informational purposes only. It is based on scientific studies (human, animal, or in vitro), clinical experience, or traditional usage as cited in each article. The results reported may not necessarily occur in all individuals. Self-treatment is not recommended for life-threatening conditions that require medical treatment under a doctor's care. For many of the conditions discussed, treatment with prescription or over the counter medication is also available. Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements or before making any changes in prescribed medications. Information expires June 2015.