A sprain is a stretched or torn ligament where bones are connected in a joint. Common joint sprains include the wrist, ankle and knee. A strain occurs when a muscle or tendon that connects to a bone is stretched or torn. Common strains include the back, bicep and hamstring muscles. You can help prevent sprains and strains by following a few simple rules for sports and exercise to include:
Although sprains and strains are a common occurrence, tissue injuries can cause extreme pain*, excessive swelling, bruising and muscle spasms. A conservative approach involves resting the joint, icing it, using a compression bandage and elevating the injured limb. ERgent Care Center can provide the medical imaging needed to accurately diagnose and treat your injury as well as prescribe the rehabilitative exercises or physical therapy needed for a full recovery.
*NOTE: Muscle, tendon and ligament sprains and strains are serious injuries that can cause severe pain which is often more intense than a minor fracture.
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