Imperial, California - If you have a minor sprain, you can probably treat it at home with R.I.C.E., which stands for rest, ice, compress and elevate.

  • Rest the injured area, but don't avoid all activity.
  • Ice the area as soon as possible after the injury.
  • Compress the area with an elastic wrap or bandage.
  • Elevate the injured limb above your heart whenever possible to limit swelling.

As the pain and swelling improve, gently begin using the injured area. Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen, may be helpful to manage pain during the healing process.