Applying an ice pack can help relieve your pain. Make an ice pack by putting ice in a zip lock plastic bag and wrapping a cloth around it. Do no put the bag of ice directly on your skin. This could damage your skin.
On the first day of your injury, apply the ice for 20 minutes of every hour while awake. After the first day, ice the area every 3 - 4 hours for 20 minutes each time. Do this for 2 days or longer.
For pain, you can take a type of medicine called NSAIDs. You do not need a prescription for these.
- Some examples of NSAIDs are ibuprofen (such as Advil or Motrin) or naproxen (such as Aleve or Naprosyn).
- If you have heart disease, high blood pressure, kidney disease, or have had stomach ulcers or bleeding, talk with your health care provider before using these medicines.
- Do NOT give aspirin to children.
- Avoid taking these medicines for the first 24 hours after your injury, as they may promote bleeding.
You may also take acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) for pain relief. If you have liver disease,talk with your health care provider before using it.
Do not take more than the amount recommended on the bottle or by your health care provider.
Your health care provider may prescribe a stronger medication if you need it.