What Are Sprains and Strains?

Sprains and strains are some of the most common injuries, and can include twisted ankles, aching packs, and more. A sprain is categorized as a stretching or tearing of ligaments, while a strain is a stretching or tearing of muscle tissue.

What Causes Sprains and Strains?

Sudden stress on joints of muscles can cause sprains or strains. Lifting heavy objects, falls, taking part in an unfamiliar sport, and overstretching ligaments and muscles are often causes for sprains and strains. Individuals who are overweight or inactive are at a higher risk for injury. Failure to stretch or warm up before physical activity can also cause injury.

How to Treat Sprains and Strains

Most sprains and strains heal themselves with the proper time and rest. However, a severe tear or rupture of tissues may require surgery. An evaluation by one of our urgent care physicians can help to determine the severity of your injury. Our state of the art digital x-ray allows for quick diagnosis of sprains and strains, allowing us to better provide comprehensive care.

If you do experience a strain or sprain, try RICE therapy to help control swelling. RICE stands for:

Rest-Rest the injured area. A sprain, sling, or crutches may be necessary to rest the area.

Ice- Ice the area every hour for 20 minutes. Use a thin towel as a barrier between ice and the skin.

Compress– Placing compression on the joint of limb can help to avoid swelling. An Ace bandage or braces can help.

Elevate-If possible, elevate the injured area above heart level.

Taking over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen can help with any discomfort.

If you are have experienced a sprain or strain, contact our office as soon as possible. We will work with you to create a unique treatment plan to treat your symptoms quickly and efficiently.