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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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What treatments can you do for a sprained metacarpal finger up to your wrist? Besides rice because that hasn't helped........

What treatments can you do for a sprained metacarpal finger up to your wrist?  Besides rice because that hasn't helped........

Need to see Ortho: If common treatments have not helped, i would recommend seeing an orthpoedist so they can take proper x-rays to make sure there is no fracture. ...Read more

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Ive had my hand xray'd and they said nothing is broken but i have sprain my metacarpals... the pain is getting worse what should i do about it?

Ive had my hand xray'd and they said nothing is broken but i have sprain my metacarpals... the pain is getting worse what should i do about it?

Hand injury: Many times blunt force injury to our hands traumatizes the tendons and ligaments. So the fact that an X-ray is negative for a fracture doesn't mean the hand is okay. Use RICE, take NSAIDs , avoid activities with the hand which increase pain or swelling , consider a simple wrist support, ask to be seen by a hand specialist if your not slowly improving ...Read more

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I think I have a fracture on my 2 metacarpal finger. I have all the symptoms, but 3 weeks ago i was treated for a sprain. Plus it's not any better. What should I do?

I think I have a fracture on my 2 metacarpal finger. I have all the symptoms, but 3 weeks ago i was treated for a sprain. Plus it's not any better. What should I do?

?: So sorry you are still having pain. If an x-ray was not done at your initial doctor's office visit this would be a great place to start. Even if it was initial x-rays can sometimes miss non-displaced fractures. Regardless of whether it is a fracture or not if you are still hurting good time to return to your physician or a sports medicine specialist. ...Read more

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Do u need surgery if one of your metacarpals doesn't heal from a hairline fracture or sprain after 1 1/2 months if it still is not getting better?

Do u need surgery if one of your metacarpals doesn't heal from a hairline fracture or sprain after 1 1/2 months if it still is not getting better?

Surgery not likely: Pain due to trauma may be due to fracture, sprains, arthritis, muscle, nerve or tendon injuries. Have it valuated so that you may get her the appropriate care. ...Read more

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I have a sharp burning pain on my 2 metacarpal finger. 3 weeks ago doc said sprained but no better, so bad i can't make a fist cuz it hurts an swollen?

I have a sharp burning pain on my 2 metacarpal finger. 3 weeks ago doc said sprained but no better, so bad i can't make a fist cuz it hurts an swollen?

Have it evaluated.: Some causes of pain and swelling can include systemic problems such as hypertension, gout, and problems with the kidneys and localized issues such as arthritis, infection, lymphatic obstruction, blood clots, varicose veins, trauma (fracture, sprain, and tendonitis) and side effects to medication. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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How can sprains be treated at home?

How can sprains be treated at home?

Ankle sprain: If you are sure by x-ray evaluation that there is no fracture, if it is recent- rest ice compression (brace or wrap) and elevation. Anti-inflammatory for pain. If very severe you better see a doctor. ...Read more

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My anke feels sprained for two weeks now. What could it be?

My anke feels sprained for two weeks now. What could it be?

Varies : Sprains can be graded based upon the severity of the injury as 1,2,or 3. Grade 3 sprains may take several weeks to fully recover from. Consider being seen just to make sure it is not something more serious, such as a fracture. ...Read more

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How can a sprain be cured?

How can a sprain be cured?

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. ...Read more

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What is an incomplete sprain?

What is an incomplete sprain?

It probably: means that your ligament is stretched but not completely ruptured. Treatment depends largely upon the extent of 'incomplete' ness. Discuss with your orthopedic surgeon. ...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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What do you advise if i was sleepwalking with a sprained anke?

What do you advise if i was sleepwalking with a sprained anke?

Ice, elevate: Walking on a sprained ankle probably won't cause any significant problems, unless the ankle is severely sprained and grossly unstable. You may have some increased swelling, for which ice and elevation will probably help. I assume you have an ankle brace for your sprain - consider wearing it at night if the sleepwalking is a recurrent problem. ...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