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.

Sprain Symptoms:

  • 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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