Sprains and Strains

One of the most common injuries a person can have is a sprain or strain. Though both are very similar, the difference is the part of the body that is injured.

A sprain involves tearing or stretching of the ligaments. Ligaments are a band of fibrous tissue that connects together two bones within a joint. Ankles and wrists are the most common areas that get sprained, but it can impact other joints of the body as well.

A strain is the tearing or stretching of a muscle or tendon. Tendons are fibrous cords of tissue that connect muscle to the bone. Strains are most common in the back and thighs, but can also occur elsewhere in the body.

Symptoms of Sprains and Strains

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Limited Mobility
  • Muscle Spasms

It is important to be evaluated by a medical professional in order to help pinpoint the specific ligament, muscle, or tendon that has suffered the injury.  This can only be done by having a physical examination that allows the provider to check tenderness, swelling, and mobility of the injured area.

With access to digital X-Ray at our fingertips, we can quickly and reliably eliminate concerns of any broken bones that would represent a more serious injury.

Standard Treatment for Sprains and Strains

Regardless of where the injury occurs, generally, the treatment plan is the same.  Rest, ice, compression, and elevation are the go-to steps for helping recover.

Depending on the severity of the injury, it may require a brace or splint to immobilize the injured area while it heals.

Walk into any of our urgent care locations to be quickly evaluated for your injury.

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