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Dr. Payam Rafat
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Sprain (Overview)

A sprain is a medical term that describes an injury to soft tissue structures in the area. Common examples are a lumbar sprain, in which you might injure muscles in your back; or an ankle sprain in which you could injure ligaments about the ankle. Sprains can be from mild to severe, and so recovery can vary considerably.


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Foot fracture or sprain if ankle tight?

Foot fracture or sprain if ankle tight?

Need X-ray: You need to get your foot/ankle checked and x-rays taken in order to determine if a fracture is present. If this is a recent injury, the tightness can be from swelling from both conditions. However, it is important to diagnose the correct condition so proper treatment can be rendered. ...Read more

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Dr. Payam Rafat
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Sprain (Overview)

A sprain is a medical term that describes an injury to soft tissue structures in the area. Common examples are a lumbar sprain, in which you might injure muscles in your back; or an ankle sprain in which you could injure ligaments about the ankle. Sprains can be from mild to severe, and so recovery can vary considerably.


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Treating a Sprained Ankle (Checklist)

Rest immediately after the injury
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Use ice to decrease swelling and pain
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Use compression such as a soft brace or bandage
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Keep injury elevated
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Wrist sprain pain reocurring?

Wrist sprain pain reocurring?

? ligament tear: A sprain by definition is a ligamentous injury. If you have sustained a ligament tear this could result in instability of the wrist and recurrent pain. You may require further diagnostic studies such as an mri/ arthrogram to establish a definitive diagnosis. ...Read more

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Treating Muscle Strain (Checklist)

Determine cause, if possible
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Try R.I.C.E. (rest, ice, compression, elevation)
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Ease back into activity. Don't overdo it!
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Consider physical therapy or range-of-motion massage
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One week post ankle sprain. Swelling pain and bruises still there. New symptom is burning sensation. Is this normal? What causes this?

One week post ankle sprain. Swelling pain and bruises still there. New symptom is burning sensation. Is this normal? What causes this?

Likely normal : It can take a few weeks before the swelling and bruising completely subside. The burning sensation is likley sign of local nerves being under pressure from the excess blood and swelling in and around the ankle joint. This should also subside as the other symptoms due. If the burning sensation, swelling, bruising are worsening would suggest seeing your doctor. ...Read more

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Can you sprain a knee ligament?

Can you sprain a knee ligament?

Absolutely : Sprains of knee ligaments are very common, with the inside ligament, the mcl, leading the way. Acl tears often get the most attention, as they often require surgical reconstruction and athletes to miss 6-12 months of competition. A sprain, by definition, is a partial or full thickness tear of a ligament, a soft tissue structure connecting bone to bone. ...Read more

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What are the typical symptoms of a sprained neck?

What are the typical symptoms of a sprained neck?

Pain: Symptoms of a neck sprain can include pain, limited or painful movements, muscle spasm, and stiffness. Pain which radiates down an arm to your fingers might be something more like a pinched nerve. Sprains usually improve with time, anti inflammatory medications and therapy. Whenever concerned, please be evaluated by your favorite orthopedic surgeon! ...Read more

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What joint is sprained with a high ankle sprain injury?

Sprain: Sometimes a high sprain is referred to the syndesmotic ligament of the tibia and fibula. More often than not it refers to the degree of the sprain ...Read more

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What are some signs of a sprained ankle?

What are some signs of a sprained ankle?

Several: Pain, swelling, discoloration, difficulty in walking or standing. ...Read more

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Knee injury seems related to patellar tendon rupture. Xray?

Knee injury seems related to patellar tendon rupture. Xray?

Physical exam: An xray will not directly show a patellar tendon rupture, however, typically your knee cap will be further up your leg than normal. The xray will also show if a piece of bone was pulled off of the patella or tibia. The diagnosis is made clinically - you cannot raise your leg straight up while keeping your knee straight. You may also feel a defect in the tendon. ...Read more

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What cause ankle sprains?

What cause ankle sprains?

See below: Either direct trauma or over stretching of the tendons and ligaments. ...Read more

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I caught a heavy binder & it bent my wrist backwards. The cyst arose from that trauma. Diagnosis was sprained wrist & tendonitis but it's been 10 mos.?

I caught a heavy binder & it bent my wrist backwards. The cyst arose from that trauma. Diagnosis was sprained wrist & tendonitis but it's been 10 mos.?

X-rays can help rule: Out a more severe injury or a ligament injry that needs attention. If a cyst formed it may not just go away by itself as well. If xray is negative and a ligament injury or fracture is still suspected then at times more advanced imaging is used such as mri. ...Read more

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Symptoms of a grade two thumb sprain? How does a doctor diagnose it?

Symptoms of a grade two thumb sprain? How does a doctor diagnose it?

Exam: It is primarily a clinical diagnosis, that is to say it is based primarily upon an examination. X-rays are often obtained to rule out a bone injury. An X-ray taken with a stress view can be used in some cases to rule out a grade III injury. ...Read more

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Walking smart on a foot ligament sprain?

Walking smart on a foot ligament sprain?

Common sense: If it hurts don't do it. It depends on the degree of injury. If not severe, walking using a shoe with good support should be okay. ...Read more

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Ankle sprain - should ATF ligament tear always require a surgery?

Ankle sprain - should ATF ligament tear always require a surgery?

BRACING/REHAB: Bracing and a formal rehab program should be tried first. If unsuccessful, then consider surgery. ...Read more

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Recovery time for Eversion ankle sprain?

Varies, but about wk: Different levels of sprains. in some the tendons are TORN off (takes weeks in this case; clue: major bruising and area is LOOSE). Mostly rest, some support (stirrup brace) anti-inflammatories. ...Read more

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How can I treat a sprained pinky?

How can I treat a sprained pinky?

The pinky blues: How to get rid of the "blues": ice 20 minutes on/20 minutes off during 1st week. After 1 week, heat or ice, whatever feels better. Arnica. Nsaids like Ibuprofen with food if your stomach's okay. Gentle stretching. If gets worse or not better in 2 weeks, see your doc. Hope your pinky's happy soon! ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Ihle
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Sprains And Strains (Definition)

-R used interchangeably. They refer 2 injuries 2 mucles & ligaments. 3 degrees: 1=tweaked or hurts but no harm no foul, 2=damage 2 the structure with some bleeding & prolonged pain,but with ice, time , rest,& activity modification they heal over a few weeks,3=a complete disruption such as an ACL tear. If this happens in a muscle body, there's no repair available, painful, ...Read more