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Can rest and elevation help cure a sprain?

Can rest and elevation help cure a sprain?

Yes: Rest, ice, and elevation are the best treatments for a sprain. Over the counter medications such as Ibuprofen may also be appropriate. An air cast and ACE wrap help to stabilize the joint and reduce swelling. Return to normal activities should be gradual. ...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


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How will rice therapy help back pain or a muscle injury?

How will rice therapy help back pain or a muscle injury?

Doyou mean Rice: Rest, ice, compresstion and elevation, that one way to do it some time you could add medications(mortin), but no response we should change to different method. ...Read more

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Tried NSAIDS for plantar fasciitis pain which offered no relief. Is time and ice the best medicine to treat?

Tried NSAIDS for plantar fasciitis pain which offered no relief. Is time and ice the best medicine to treat?

Time & ice: are excellent to use for plantar fasciitis. I also highly recommend stretching at least 3x/day, massaging the area with an anti-inflammatory (natural or prescribed), wearing supportive shoes, not going barefoot when walking, and refraining from aerobics or jogging for around 6 weeks! NSAIDS and local steroid injections can be used, however not always needed. Surgery is not typical. Get better! ...Read more

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5 years of unbearable muscle leg pain. Lots of meds prescribed to try to help relieve the pain but no relief. CPK is high. Can a DNA test help?

5 years of unbearable muscle leg pain.  Lots of meds prescribed to try to help relieve the pain but no relief.  CPK is high. Can a DNA test help?

If your CPK-MM is: elevated (that's the portion of CPK that comes from skeletal muscle), then a much more worthwhile initial test is a muscle biopsy. Depending on the results of the muscle biopsy, genetic testing (including mitochondrial DNA) may be done to confirm certain diagnoses. Unfortunately, treatment hasn't kept up with diagnosis in many genetic disorders. Best wishes. Dr. Anne ...Read more

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What are some stretches and exercises to help treat a stress fracture?

What are some stretches and exercises to help treat a stress fracture?

Non weightbearing: Non weight bearing activity such as light cycling, swimming and weight lifting (while sitting and lying down). Discuss with your doctor. Will probably be able to gradually increase stress as symptoms resolve. Non weight stretching to keep joints mobile and tendons flexible are helpful. May need to see pt. Dr l. ...Read more

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Can you let me know is ice or heat better for the pain of Achilles tendinitis?

Can you let me know is ice or heat better for the pain of Achilles tendinitis?

Ice or heat: The great debate has been this question. For first 48-72 hours ice is best. Then heat if ice didn't help. Need to rest it too and avoid activity until its gone. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Help, what treatments can I use to heal a broken or jammed toe?

Help, what treatments can I use to heal a broken or jammed toe?

If broken: You need to know if the joint is affected as those toes may need surgical repair. A jammed toe could possibly be unnamed but again you want to know if any fractures prior to performing the "un jamming". Best to see foot doc. ...Read more

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Is it beneficial to alternate ice n heat for stress fractures?

Is it beneficial to alternate ice n heat for stress fractures?

Doubtful: In my practice, i recommend ice therapy for new or acute conditions. I only recommend heat in conditions that have been long standing. In your case, i believe ice therapy would be most beneficial. ...Read more

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Should a sprained ankle heal without rest or other treatment?

Should a sprained ankle heal without rest or other treatment?

Take much longer: Dr. Fowler has provided great steps for managing a sprained ankle. If you don't rest it though, the swelling, pain, and bruising will persist and healing will take longer. Depending on extent of injury, it can also be hard to tell a sprain from a fracture without xray. Pain may force you to stay off your foot for awhile. Unless you want a less stable ankle over time, resting it is essential. ...Read more

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Can ankle braces help plantar fascitis? Pain in fascia and tender.? Any advice besids the normal rice, stretch and strengthen and massage

Can ankle braces help plantar fascitis? Pain in fascia and tender.? Any advice besids the normal rice, stretch and strengthen and massage

Night splints???: There are some night splints to help stretch out the plantar fascia while you sleep. Some of these look like ankle braces, but provide a completely different service to you. You should also use replacement supportive insoles like spenco total support or rx orthotics. See a podiatrist for details. ...Read more

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Will icing a lot help foot swelling to become normal?

Will icing a lot help foot swelling to become normal?

Depends: On what is causing swelling. If it is from an injury, ice within first 48 hours will be helpful. There are various other conditions that may cause swelling. Ice will not help in the majority of these cases. ...Read more

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Just wondering how to relieve the pain of wrist tendonitis. Tried wrist strap, NSAIDs, PRICE and nothing seems to be helping. Please help. ?

Just wondering how to relieve the pain of wrist tendonitis. Tried wrist strap, NSAIDs, PRICE and nothing seems to be helping. Please help. ?

If all has failed-: -get in 2 C an orthopedic surgeon or a hand surgeon, they can 1 in the same tho plastic surgeons also R Trained in hand & upper extremities. Ur choice.G good luck! ...Read more

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What can causes a 24/7 knee pain for several months that can't relived with rest or pain killers and the pain don't increase with exercises?

What can causes a 24/7 knee pain  for several months that can't relived with rest or pain killers and the pain don't increase with exercises?

One possibility: Your complaints could indicate several problems, the first abnormality that comes to mind is avascular (aseptic) necrosis of the bone within the knee joint, either distal (lower) femur or proximal (upper) tibia. Depending on degree of pain with activity or rest, an inflammatory disorder (such as gout) or even infection are possible. I'd have any pain evaluated by a doctor that occurs at rest. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for joint swelling in Ankylosing Spondylitis apart for medicines. Epsom salt or oil massage will help ?

What is the best treatment for joint swelling in Ankylosing Spondylitis apart for medicines.  Epsom salt or oil massage will help ?

Anti-inflamm. Diet: Ankylosing spondylitis is a systemic, inflammatory condition that can lead to chronic back pain. Because it is systemic, topical treatments are unlikely to have much affect long term. There is some thought that an antiinflammatory diet can reduce inflammation levels in the body and can potentially have a dramatic affect. ...Read more

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What are some treatments I can apply to a basketball index-finger injury? Do the pain-relief creams help?

What are some treatments I can apply to a basketball index-finger injury? Do the pain-relief creams help?

Exercise: First.See your primary care provider to be sure of the proper diagnosis. Then be sure to take prescription exactly as prescribed. Stretching exercises often help injuries that are not fractures. ...Read more

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Remedy for severe ankle sprain and inflamation?

Remedy for severe ankle sprain and inflamation?

See specialist: You will get evalaution and treatment needed, in meantime, stay off it, try ice and advil (ibuprofen) if not contraindicated. Compressive bandageor taping. ...Read more

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Dr. Payam Rafat
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Sprain (Definition)

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