This article was last updated on October 17, 2016\nWhether you suffered a sprain during sports practice or after a nasty fall, you may need to wrap the injury yourself if you don\u2019t have immediate access to a medical professional.\nProtecting the sprained ankle or wrist is essential to preventing further injury. Heather Rosen, physician and medical director of the North Huntingdon UPMC Urgent Care, demonstrates how to wrap an ankle sprain or wrist sprain by himself.\nHow to Wrap a Wrist Sprain\n\n\nEnsure you wrap your bandage above and below the joint.\nBegin your wrap at the lower part of your forearm.\nOverlap each layer of the bandage by about 50 percent.\nMake figure-eight patterns around the joint to create stability.\nUse the Velcro or fastener at the end to stabilize your wrap.\n\n\u00a0\nHow to Wrap an Ankle Sprain\n\n\nEnsure you wrap your bandage above and below the joint\nBegin your wrap several inches above the injured ankle.\nStart your wrap on the inside of the leg and make two wraps around the ankle for stability.\nContinue wrapping around the foot and ankle in a figure-eight pattern.\nUse the Velcro or fastener at the end to stabilize your wrap.\n\nRELATED:\u00a0Recovery Time for Sprains and Strains\nKey Points to Remember When Wrapping a Sprain\n\nWrap above and below the joint\nWrap in a figure 8 pattern, overlapping 50 percent\nMake sure wrap is taught, to provide support\n\nBeing active, playing sports and having hobbies that warrant physical exercise is a great way to stay healthy and have fun, but it also increases your risk of injury. This risk of injury increases as you get older. By understanding the proper way to handle a sprained wrist or ankle, you can be back on your feet in no time.\nKeeping these key points in mind will not only help speed up your recovery, but will prevent you from worsening the injury. Be smart when it comes to handling minor injuries and always let your doctor know if you have any specific questions about wrapping an ankle or wrist sprain!