I'm guessing the orthopedist knows more about this than we do. But what I do know from my own history is that sprains are harder actually to treat than breaks, in a way. With a break it can be put back in place, at least in medical theory, but with a sprain, it just has to heal in its own time. Usually you would elevate and ice it to reduce inflammation, but you can't do that if it's wrapped up tight. I'm not sure why the anti-inflammatories would inhibit bone healing, I'm not the expert. but you might ask if natural ones do that. Turmeric for some works as well as ibuprofen, though not for all, just as an example. But it is a blood thinner to an extent, and that might be the problem. I also don't know what exercises one would do for a new sprain, again, you'd usually rest, ice and elevate for a time before exercising it. But again, your doc knows more about it I would hope than we do.