Sprains occur when ligaments, which join one bone to another, are torn or overstretched, commonly affecting ankles, wrists and knees.
Strains are when muscles are damaged or pulled through overuse or over-exertion, such as heavy lifting or sudden movement, commonly affecting hamstrings or the muscles of the back.
Most sprains and strains can be treated at home.
Physios recommend P.R.I.C.E.
Applying a cooling product as part of P.R.I.C.E may aid recovery as well as providing pain relief. You should keep cooling the area until all the heat and swelling subsides – this can take up to 72 hours.