Injury to Ankle, Wrist or Elbow


Most ankle injuries are sprains, ranging from mild to quite serious.  If your symptoms don’t improve in a few days, we suggest you call us to schedule an x-ray in our office. 

For the best immediate treatment, remember R.I.C.E. This tried-and-true technique (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) is very effective for reducing pain and swelling.
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A combination dose of 1000 mgs. of Tylenol plus 600 mgs. of Ibuprofen (with food) will help take the edge off your pain and help you sleep. Aleve is also good, but take either Aleve or ibuprofen, not both.  The Aleve dosage should be only two pills every 12 hours with food.

How Bad Is My Ankle?

The minor sprains just hurt a little while, and your ankle doesn’t swell very much.  You should be able to walk without limping in a few days, but rehab is still important.


Wrist injuries often involve a broken bone of some sort.  For this reason, if your wrist is not well in 3-4 days, you need to give us a call to schedule an x-ray in our office. 

In the meantime, the R.I.C.E protocol will help, along with ibuprofen or Aleve.  RICE stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.
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Elbow injuries are either quite significant, requiring immediate attention, or lesser problems that can wait. If you are still experiencing elbow pain after 3-4 days, you need to give us a call to schedule an x-ray, and a proper exam to deterimine if an injection is needed. 

In the meantime, the R.I.C.E protocol will help (see above for Ankle). 

The most common elbow injury is “tennis elbow”, which is a tendinitis on the outside of your elbow.  This problem can be quite resistant to treatment – and very aggravating. A sling will help, but the pain usually comes right back when you take off the sling.  The first things to try are:

Wear a short splint on your WRIST during the day, or a small strap that looks like a belt, fitted snugly around your forearm – available at Walmart or drug stores as “Tennis Elbow Strap”. Finally, Aleve or Ibuprofen (Advil) will provide relief, or you can use one of the sports creams that has salicylate in it.