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5th Metacarpal Sprain Treatment
What treatments can you do for a sprained metacarpal finger up to your wrist? Besides rice because that hasn't helped........
-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
R - rest by limiting walking for the first few days
I - ice, apply crushed ice wrapped in cloth (e.g. a tea towel) for 20mins at a time every 2 hours for the first 2-3 days. This will help to reduce swelling.
C - compression bandaging, helps to support your ankle while walking but probably doesn't hasten recovery
E - elevate your leg on a chair/couch for as much of the day as possible ...Read more
See below: The best way to stretching is not pulling from your neck, it's levering your shoulders with the end of a bed (or bench) and trying to put the mandibleat 90 degrees. ...Read more
What can I expect if I go to the emergency room for treatment of a sprain? Evaluation by orthopod?
Ed staff: A minor sprain or strain will likely not be staffed by an orthopedic surgeon as ed staff are more than qualified to triage and provide acute treatment for these injuries. If the injury is more severe the ed provider may consult an orthopedic surgeon. The emergency room will recommend appropriate follow up based on the nature of the injury. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Toe injury: Treatment of both are essentially the same. You may "buddy" tape your small toe with the adjacent toe which will act as a splint. Also, it would be beneficial to wear a stiff/supportive-soled shoe to protect from too much motion while walking. Fractures will heal within 3-4 weeks generally and most likely sooner for a sprain. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My pinky has been sprained for six weeks now.....does this indicate a more serious sprain or a lack of treatment?
What kind of treatment is done for MCL sprain? Does a hinge brace help with the sprain? How long does it take to heal? Can a sprain turn into a tear?
Brace, weeks to heal: Most MCL sprains often heal on their own with relative rest, and a hinged brace can help relieve pain and stabilize the knee. There are 3 grades, with Grade 1 representing microtearing. Grade 2 is a partial tear and Grade 3 is a full tear. Grade 3s sometimes require surgery. Healing is typically 1-3 weeks for Grade 1, 3-6 weeks for Grade 2 and the longest for Grade 3. ...Read more
Do these: Rest, icing, elastic ankle bracing keeping off of it and over-the-counter pain relievers may provide some relief. If it is not showing further improvement, get it checked out by a podiatrist or orthopedist. You may have injured or irritated more than your ankle. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How should I feel after 6 weeks of treatment for an ankle sprain and osteoarthritis in the joint?
DEPENDS: It all depends on the severity of both the ankle sprain, and the degeneration of the joint. Inflammation will go down (especially with anti-inflammatory treatment), but the arthritis will still be present. Long-term protection of the joint is also needed. I would recommend a minimum of a good compression ankle brace. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I ended up having a grade 3 high ankle sprain, and is unstable. What is the usual treatment? And how long is the recovery usually?
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 ...Read more