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how can a sprain be cured?

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Dr. Cassandra Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 20 years experience
R.I.C.E. and time: A sprain will heal given time. To alleviate symptoms in the acute period, r.I.C.E. Rest, ice, compression, elevation. Oral anti-inflammatories may help with swelling/pain. Once the swelling has decreased, begin working on range of motion. Gently progress to strengthening and gradually return to activities as tolerated.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 22 years experience
Multifactorial: R.I.C.E. Rest, ice, compression, elevation. Immobilization with a splint or brace may be of benefit in the initial phase of recovery. Oral anti-inflammatory medication may help with the pain and swelling. Once improved, mobilization and physical therapy can help restore strength and function.
Dr. Vasudha Kaushik
Family Medicine 16 years experience
Rest, sunshine: Rest, ice/heat whichever feels better, bracing. Getting 30-60 min of sunshine at noon time for faster recovery and pain relief since Vitamin D is a healing and anti-inflammatory hormone. Alternatively, take vit D3 10k IU/day for 1-2 months.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between a sprain and a strain?

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Dr. Mehul Desai
Pain Management 19 years experience
Different: Sprains affect ligaments and connective tissue strains affect muscles.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Is ice or heat better for a sprain?

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Dr. Daniel Mass
Hand Surgery 46 years experience
Ice first: Ice for an injury than rest. Heat to stretch and ice after exercise.
A 48-year-old member asked:

What can I expect if I go to the emergency room for treatment of a sprain? Evaluation by orthopod?

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
Unlikely: A sprain will likely go to a triage nurse or resident. It is not a emergency and hence you likely will not be given any priority. Rest, ice, compression and antiinflammatories and see your doc, don't clog an emergency room for a non emergency issue. Hope you feel better.
A 37-year-old member asked:

How long can it take a sprain to get better and heal?

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Dr. Ronald Krinick
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Depends on injury: Ligaments heal differently mcl almost always heal in ^ weeks and then improve over the next several months acl knee tears when complete do not heal.
A 30-year-old member asked:

What is the recovery time for a sprain?

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Dr. Jeffrey Sider
Sports Medicine 39 years experience
Depends: Mild or grade 1 sprains typically heal in 1-2weeks grade 2 or moderate sprains take about 4weeks to heal a grade 3 sprain which is a complete ligament tear can take 6-8 weeks to heal and might require surgery.

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