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Been sitting for weeks and limping around because of an ankle sprain. Now, I have lower back pain when I sit, stand or walk. Did I strain my lower back muscles?

Been sitting for weeks and limping around because of an ankle sprain. Now, I have lower back pain when I sit, stand or walk. Did I strain my lower back muscles?

Ankle needs care: You have probably done more than just strain your back muscles with the back condition in view of the neck condition you describe. The limping makes the distribution of pressure on your back and its nerves uneven and this can aggravate a pre-existing disc and/or back arthritic problem. A major ankle sprain should be tapped and not weight bare initially. Have your ankle seen by an orthopedist. ...Read more

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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I have chronic PTT pain after an ankle sprain. I also get recurrent lower back pain (LBP) caused by a ligament strain and muscle imbalance. Can a chiropractor treat the LBP?

I have chronic PTT pain after an ankle sprain. I also get recurrent lower back pain (LBP) caused by a ligament strain and muscle imbalance. Can a chiropractor treat the LBP?

Chiropractic Therapy: Yes, the lbp can be helped by chiropractic care. Conservative therapy is always best, but with your cervical disc pathology, I would assume that you have lumbar disc pathology as well. It would be good to have an initial evaluation by a physician and if appropriate, then a referral to a chiropractor would be in order. Good luck. ...Read more

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What causes a strained muscle feeling at the top behind the eye and occasional pain on movement? The strained sensation is like the burning of an ankle sprain. I also have dry eyes and apparently no abrasions.

What causes a strained muscle feeling at the top behind the eye and occasional pain on movement? The strained sensation is like the burning of an ankle sprain. I also have dry eyes and apparently no abrasions.

Eye or Sinus: Does your eye look irritated or red, especially underneath the upper eyelid? If so, you may have a type of inflammatory surface reaction called superior limbic keratitis. If the eye looks normal, then the problem may be an inflamed eye muscle (orbital myositis), or sinus infection (there are sinuses on all sides of the eye socket except the outer side, and sinus pain can feel like eye pain) ...Read more

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What is the difference between an ankle sprain and an ankle twist?

What is the difference between an ankle sprain and an ankle twist?

About the same: A twist is considered to be a mild strain where a sprain is more severe ...Read more

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What is the difference between a grade 1 and a grade 2 ankle sprain?

What is the difference between a grade 1 and a grade 2 ankle sprain?

The severity: Ankle sprains are graded on the number of ligaments involved and the severity. ...Read more

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What is the difference between an ankle sprain and fracture?

What is the difference between an ankle sprain and fracture?

Many possible signs: Twisting ones’ ankle can lead to a sprained ankle. Often times, this may result in ligament or tendon injuries which may lead to ankle bruising, swelling, pain, and possibly instability. An x-ray of the foot and ankle will be able to assist in differentiating a sprain from a fracture. ...Read more

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I sprained my ankle about a year an half ago. It is still bothering me. The doctor I went to today said it was a muscle strain. Isn't that too long?

I sprained my ankle about a year an half ago. It is still bothering me. The doctor I went to today said it was a muscle strain. Isn't that too long?

Follow up.: Muscle strains usually shouldn't last more than 2 weeks. If they do further workup with imaging that includes x-rays, MRIs, can help. Orthopedic surgeon, and physical therapy options are also available. Most commonly after trauma, arthritis is usually a complication that is chronic in nature. X-rays can usually identify this cause. ...Read more

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What is a second-grade ankle sprain?

What is a second-grade ankle sprain?

3 grades: 1=mild,, no ligament disruption. 2=some disruption but not complete ; needs orthopedic care, cast or boot. 3= bad,, complete disruption, may need surgical attention. ...Read more

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How much time will my ankle sprain last?

How much time will my ankle sprain last?

It depends: Depending on the severity, recovery from an ankle sprain can range from 2-8 weeks. Minor sprains heal quickly. Major sprains, such as high ankle sprains, can persist and need immobilization in either a boot or a cast. I recommend you see an ankle specialist for further evaluation. ...Read more

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What is a good way to deal with an ankle sprain?

What is a good way to deal with an ankle sprain?

Many possibilities: 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. Healing times may vary. ...Read more

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What is the best way to quickly heal a severe ankle sprain?

What is the best way to quickly heal a severe ankle sprain?

Common sense: If the ankle was evaluated by your dr and no fracture or torn ligaments etc . Rest, elevatin, nonsteroidals, etc. ...Read more

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Do you think I should use crutches for a grade i ankle sprain?

Do you think I should use crutches for a grade i ankle sprain?

Limitted time: Only if necessary. Using crutches for any amount of time can actually cause improper healing of a mild sprain as your achilles is shortened while hanging and not in use, keeping ankle in poor position. I would recommend if known grade 1, start light therapy, avoid overdoing it, but keep using it to keep alignment and strength of stabilizers. ...Read more

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What are the chances my grade 2 ankle sprain will heal in a month?

Pretty good: Ankle ligaments take about six weeks to fully heal. In a month, you should be feeling pretty good with no limitations in day to day activities. High demand activities such as soccer, basketball, etc may still cause soreness. Modify activity pain permitting. ...Read more

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What do I do about recurring ankle sprain? Wrap it before exercise?

What do I do about recurring ankle sprain? Wrap it before exercise?

You should check: Chronic ankle instability is a condition characterized by a recurring “giving way” of the outer (lateral) side of the ankle. This condition often develops after repeated ankle sprains. Usually the “giving way” occurs while walking or doing other activities, but it can also happen when you’re just standing. Many athletes, as well as others, suffer from chronic ankle instability. Thank you. ...Read more

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What are some easy workouts I can do if I have a high ankle sprain?

What are some easy workouts I can do if I have a high ankle sprain?

Strengthening : Using a resistance band around your forefoot, hold the ends of the band with your hand and gently push your ankle down as far as you can and then back to the starting position. Repeat 10 times. For proprioeptive exercises, balance, coordination and agility stand with your affected leg on a pillow. Hold this position for a count of 10. Repeat 10 times. ...Read more

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How can I get my ankle to stop hurting after having an ankle sprain?

How can I get my ankle to stop hurting after having an ankle sprain?

RICE: You need to follow the rice protocol: rest, ice, compression and elevation. Nsaids (advil) is also an adjunct to treatment. This should minimize your pain. ...Read more

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What kind of exercices I have to do with my ankle sprain in a second degree?

Start with Motion: Gentle range of motion exercises first. Try moving the ankle in every direction it can go. Pretend the big toe is a marker and draw the alphabet in the air. When you have full pain free-range of motion you advance to strengthing and balance exercises using resistance bands and balance board. Talk to your doc to plan out a specific rehab schedule for you. ...Read more

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If we treat my child's ankle sprain will it be gone, or do I need to keep worrying?

If we treat my child's ankle sprain will it be gone, or do I need to keep worrying?

Second opinion: Children don't usually sprain thie ankles. A sprain is a ligament injury and in kids the ligaments generally are stronger than their growth plates thus the injury usually follows the path of the least resistance and you have a growth plate fracture rather than a sprain. Maybe get another opinion if you think your child has a sprain. ...Read more

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What should I do with a (grade iii) ankle sprain?

What should I do with a (grade iii) ankle sprain?

Many possibilities: 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. Healing times may vary. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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What can I do to distinguish between an ankle sprain and gout?

What can I do to distinguish between an ankle sprain and gout?

Gout: Gout looks like an infection with redness, swelling, bright red, sometimes a hole develops that leaks out gouty crystals through the skin. Ankle sprain usually has trauma associated with it and is instant after the trauma. ...Read more

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Why is my ankle red and hot to the touch after an ankle sprain?

Why is my ankle red and hot to the touch after an ankle sprain?

Because there : Is an increase in blood that travels there, more swelling of tissues... L. ...Read more

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Can an ankle sprain cause heel pain?

Yes: If you are compensating for the pain with weight bearing, then you can put more pressure on the heel and have pain. You can also develop over use injuries such as plantar fascitis. ...Read more

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I have an ankle sprain that hasn't healed. Can motrin help?

See orthopedist: If you have an ankle sprain that has been painful for several weeks and is not improving I would recommend seeing an orthopedist. An evaluation and appropriate tests will help determine if there is internal damage that may require physical therapy or other forms of treatment. ...Read more

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How can I distinguish between a torn ligament and a bad ankle sprain?

How can I distinguish between a torn ligament and a bad ankle sprain?

Can be the same...: HI! An ankle sprain can be a varying degree of tendon or ligament damage. Usually, if a ligament is badly injured / damaged there will / can be excessive ' loosenes' of the affected joint or exceesive motion between the two bones the ligament joins. This should be easily determined in most cases by a competent exam including various stress and range of motion testing ie: ankle anterior draw test. ...Read more

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


Dr. Wenjay Sung
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Ankle Sprain (Definition)

An injury that occurs when the ankle rolls, twists, or turns ...Read more