Treatment depends on the severity of the sprain and the muscle or ligament involved. Options are:
- Supportive care, such as ice packs and limiting activities
- Medicines to ease pain and swelling, such as:
- Over the counter pain medicine, such as ibuprofen
- Topical pain medicine, such as creams, gels, or patches that are put on the skin
- Prescription pain relievers
- Muscle relaxants
- Therapy to help with strength and range of motion
This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.
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