Only time and rest will cure a sprain. You can wrap it with elastic bandages in order to reduce movement. You can also try over the counter pain medications aimed at inflammation like ibuprofen, naproxen, aspirin, or acetaminophen. Make sure to follow all directions on the package and do not exceed the maximum dosage. And using ice or heat applications might help with pain and swelling. Remember to only use heat/ice on for 15 minutes max then off for at least 15. if the pain becomes severe, your fingers become numb or change colors you should see a doctor immediately. otherwise if the pain continues for more than a few weeks then you should see your primary care provider. Be cautious when using OTC medications and check with the pharmacist or your provider to insure your prescription medications won't react with the OTC.
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You should use ice for the first 24 hours- 20 minutes on & 20 minutes off with a barrier between the ice and skin. After that heat will help. Pain relievers help with symptoms, but aren't a cure. An ace bandage or splint also helps with pain Depending on the severity 2-4 weeks before complete recovery.