Sprains and Strains on the Appalachian Trail

A mild or moderate sprain will be slightly painful and swell some.

To treat a mild or moderate sprain, apply a cold compress if available, wrap the joint with elastic bandage and elevate the affected area. A

n anti-imflammatory like Ibuprofen will help reduce the swelling.

A more severe sprain will swell substantially, be very painful and discolored, a purple-blue color.

Severe sprains require professional assistance, thus seek medical help.

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