First Aid Kits and Tips : Treating a Strained Muscle: First Aid for Minor Injuries

Hi! I’m Tracey Cullers on behalf of
In this segment, I’ll show you how to take care of a strained muscle. First of all, you
want to use an Ace bandage or a compression stocking to go around and dress the area.
You are going to start at the area farthest from the heart and move upwards using overlapping
wraps around. Go ahead and go to the bottom of the injured area all the way to above the
top of the injured area. Some of the bandages come with clips that you can use. I prefer
to just use tape. Next, you want to elevate the injured area. I’m going to use this
cooler. Go ahead and stick your leg up there. Elevation and rest will do a lot of good for
it. Next, I will put ice on the area. This is going to constrict the blood flow, help
the muscle to feel better, and reduce swelling and bruising. In addition to this, I would
suggest ibuprofen, and going home as soon as possible.


  1. this is the RICE method 🙂

    although – doesn't work for a strained shoulder …

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