From a study of this series a few important lessons can be drawn.
First, careful diagnosis of the type of sprain.
Second, aspiration of any distended joint promptly, since practically all effusions are bloody and absorb slowly. I have found them present after many weeks and they lead to the formation of a thickened, chronic joint.
Third, prevent distention of the capsule, as it is one of the main causes of a weakened knee in after life.
Fourth, early baking and massage.
Fifth, strict supervision of the manner of returning to use.
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