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First aid for
strains and sprains

Read these tips to find out how to help someone who has a strain or sprain.

Apply an ice pack to the injury

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An ice pack is ice or frozen vegetables wrapped in something such as a tea towel. Applying it to the injury will reduce the swelling and pain.

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If there is no improvement seek medical advice.

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