Treatments for Sprains and Strains in Children

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How are sprains and strains treated?

Initial treatment for strains and sprains includes R.I.C.E. (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation).

Other treatment options may include:

  • medications to help control pain and swelling
  • restricting activities
  • your child may need a splint or cast
  • crutches or a wheelchair may be needed
  • physical therapy to stretch and strengthen the injured muscles, ligaments, and tendons is sometimes recommended
  • rarely, surgery is needed if the injury is reoccurring, there's persistent pain, or if a muscle, tendon or ligament is badly torn

The good news is that sprains and strains heal quickly in children and teenagers. But it's important for your child to follow any activity restrictions to prevent re-injury.

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