Sprains And Strains: Prevention and Complications

Prevention Tips

You can help prevent sprains and strains by following the advice listed below.
  • Warm up properly before you exercise and cool down properly afterwards,
  • Avoid exercising or playing sport when you are tired,
  • Take precautions against falling keep stairs, walkways, gardens and driveways free of clutter, and put sand or salt on icy spots outside your home in winter
  • Avoid uneven surfaces when you are running or walking
  • Use correct footwear for activities

Watch Out

  • Bruising and swelling
  • Lumps and bumps

When to See Doctor

  • Severe pain, swelling, or redness over the injured area
  • Numbness in any part of the injured area
  • Severe bruising
  • Lot of tenderness
  • Your sprain, or strain, does not improve as expected for example, you still find walking difficult
  • Your symptoms get worse, such as increased pain, or swelling

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