Sprains and Strains Treatment Questions and Answers
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Whether you are the athletic type, work a physical job, enjoy a good hike, or are just working around the yard, sprains and strains can happen to anyone. While many sprains and strains are mild and do not require medical attention, some can significantly impede your ability to move or perform routine functions. In such cases, medical attention is likely required. At Eastside Urgent Care, we are here to answer any questions you have about sprains and strains treatment and to provide medical care for such injuries.
What are the symptoms of a Sprains or Strains?
Sprains and strains share many of the same symptoms, despite being technically different injuries. However, since they both affect soft tissues in your body, it can be difficult to tell them apart when they happen. With that in mind, the following are some of the shared symptoms of sprains and strains:
- Bruising, redness, or swelling
- Decreased range of motion in the injured joint or muscle
- Pain and tenderness in and around the injured area
In addition to the symptoms listed above, a sprain may also occur with a popping sound or sensation around a particular joint at the time of the injury. Other symptoms of a sprain could include a feeling of warmth around the affected joint and joint stiffness or instability.
In contrast, a strain often occurs with muscle spasms, cramping, and weakness, in addition to a sharp pain where the injury happens.
What is the difference between strains and sprains?
The difference between a sprain and a strain is the type of soft tissue damage that occurs with each injury. With a strain, the muscles are torn or stretched too far. In contrast, a sprain occurs when a ligament is torn or stretched too far.
How long do sprains and strains take to heal?
The length of time that sprains and strains take to heal varies according to the severity of the injury. The severity of both sprains and strains are classified in degrees, with first-degree indicating mild sprains or strains, second-degree indicating moderate sprains or strains, and third-degree indicating severe sprains or strains.
A first-degree sprain or strain should heal and feel better within a few days to two weeks. With first-degree sprains or strains, the ligaments and muscles are stretched but not torn. A second-degree sprain or strain, wherein the ligaments and muscles are partially torn, should heal and feel normal within three to eight weeks. In contrast, a severe, third-degree sprain or strain, wherein the ligaments or muscles are completely torn, will likely take three months or more to heal fully and feel back to normal.
When to see a doctor for Sprains and Strains?
While mild sprains and strains can usually be treated at home without medical attention, you should see a doctor if you are experiencing any of the following with your sprain or strain:
- Difficulty moving or walking after straining a back muscle
- Experience a popping sensation whenever you move a sprained joint
- Heat and redness around the injured muscle or joint accompanied by a fever
- Inability to move or bear weight on an injured joint
- Pain, stiffness, or swelling does not show improvement within two to three days
- Recurrent sprains or strains in a particular area or in general
- Total inability to move an injured muscle
If you experience a sprain or strain that requires medical attention, Eastside Urgent Care can provide swift and effective treatment to help you recover well. For more information about sprain or strain treatment, please feel welcome to give us a Call us today or book an appointment, or visit our clinic conveniently located at 872 Ohio Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45245. Our office is open seven days a week: Monday to Friday from 9:00 AM to 7:30 PM, and Saturday & Sunday from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM. We look forward to serving you! We serve patients from Cincinnati OH, Covedale OH, Delhi OH, St Bernard OH, Bridgetown North OH, and Elmwood Place OH.