How to Treat Sprains and Strains First Aid Training St John Ambulance
Music plays Strains and sprains are common injuries that affect the soft tissues around joints A sprain is when a ligament has twisted or torn, while a strain is when the muscle has been overstretched. And a rupture is when a muscle or a tendon is completely torn. There are three things you should look for: pain and tenderness, difficulty moving, swelling and bruising. If someone has a sprain or strain.
You should remember RICE, which stands for Rest, Ice, Comfortable support and Elevation If someone has a strain or sprain, help them to sit or lie down and support their limb in a comfortable raised position. To cool the area, apply a cold compress, like an ice pack, cold pad or frozen peas wrapped in a towel. Leave the ice pack or cold pad in place or wrap a soft layer of padding, like cotton wool, around the area. Then, tie a support bandage around the area to hold it in place. This needs to go up as far as the next joint on each side.
Raise the injured area and support it with something soft like a cushion or in this case you can use a sling. If the pain is severe, or they can’t use their limb, they will need to go to . Otherwise just tell them to rest it and to seek a health care professional if necessary. So remember, when caring for someone with a sprain or strain rest the affected area, ice will help cool the injury down, give them comfortable support with bandages and padding,.
Keep the affected area elevated. And that’s how you treat sprains and strains. Music plays.