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First aid for
strains and sprains

Watch the video, in which Jessie gets help when she twists her ankle.

Use the information below to remind yourself how to help someone who has a strain or sprain.


Get the person to rest.


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.


If there is no improvement seek medical advice.

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We love to hear from people who have stepped forward to help in a first aid emergency. If you have a first aid story that you'd be happy to share, please email including your name, telephone number and some brief details about what happened. The British Red Cross will only use your information to contact you about your first aid story.

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