Sprains & Strains
The most common sports injuries are sprains and strains. Sprains involve abnormal stretching or tearing of ligaments that support joints. They usually occur when a force knocks a joint out of place, typically in a wrist, knee or ankle. With a sprain you may experience pain, bruising and swelling, and it may be difficult to move the injured joint. You may feel a popping or tearing in the joint when a sprain occurs.
Strains are an abnormal stretching or tearing of muscles or tendons. The most common injuries from strains occur with the hamstring muscles or back. Strains commonly occur from a twisting or pulling motion. There are three main levels of severity for sprains, depending on the extent of the damage. The symptoms involved in both sprains and strains can range from mild to severe and vary among individuals.
Treatment Options for Sprains and Strains
To diagnose sprains and strains, a doctor will have to perform a thorough physical examination and may order x-rays or other tests. Initial treatment for sprains and strains generally involves R.I.C.E (rest, ice, compression and elevation). Over-the-counter pain medications can help provide relief. Anti-inflammatory medications may be prescribed to reduce inflammation.
Other treatment options for sprains and strains include activity restrictions, physical therapy and surgery. Depending on the injury, you may need a splint or crutches while you heal. Sprains and strains can take up to eight weeks to heal or more, depending on the severity.
Get Relief from Sprains and Strains
Sprains and strains can happen to anyone at any time. Seeking medical treatment right away can help speed up healing and provide relief from pain. It may also help prevent further injuries and long-term damage while you heal. If you need medical treatment for sprains and strains, request an appointment with CLEAR Immediate Care today.