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A sprain occurs when a ligament gets stretched or torn. Most often, sprains affect the ankle. An urgent care doctor can confirm the diagnosis and offer treatment recommendations. Sprains often heal with the RICE method. You’ll learn more about the RICE approach when you watch this featured video.

This athletic trainer explains that rest, ice therapy, compression, and elevation are the most common treatment recommendations for sprains. Wrap the ice pack in a thin towel and apply it for no longer than 20 minutes at a time. Avoid athletic activities while the injury heals. To reduce the swelling, keep the injured body part elevated above the level of your heart.

If you suspect you’ve sustained a sprain, visit one of Paramount Urgent Care’s walk-in clinics. Serving all of Orlando, Lake, Polk, Sumter, Osceola, and Seminole Counties. For more information about our prompt and courteous medical services, please visit our contact us page for a location near you or call 352-674-9218.