A sprain is an injury that causes the ligaments around the joints to stretch too far or tear which causes pain and swelling. Sprains occur when a joint is forced into an unnatural position thus causing ligament damage. It can happen due to a violent pull or twist or from overuse. Sprains can be very painful and may be mistaken for a fracture. If you are uncertain whether you have a sprain or fracture, come into Medrite walk-in clinic for x-rays and an assessment.
- Joint pain and joint stiffness
- Rapid swelling
- Difficulty moving the joint, stiffness.
- Bruising, reddening or other discoloration
When to seek medical attention for a sprain: Medrite is open Sunday through Friday. If you need medical attention, please don’t delay. Immediate treatment may prevent further injury.
- If you feel a popping after you move the injured joint you might have a more serious injury.
- Inability to move or bare weight is a sign of a possible fracture. If you suspect you may have broken a bone seek medical treatment immediately.
- Misalignment of the bones in the injured joint may indicate a torn ligament.
- Total inability to move a muscle may indicate a muscle tear.
- If injured area is red and hot to the touch and you have a fever you may have an infection.
- Swelling does not go down after two days.
- Apply an ice pack (or a bag of frozen vegetables) wrapped in a thin cloth to the injured area. Leave it on for about 20 minutes, remove for 10 minutes and then repeat.
- Keep the swollen joint raised above your heart for the first 24 hours.
- Avoid using the injured area for several days.
- A splint or Ace bandage may give some relief.
- Ibuprofen, Tylenol, Aspirin, etc may help. (NOTE: Do not give Aspirin, Ibuprofen to children.)
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