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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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I got kicked in the shin, is it sprained or bruised?

I got kicked in the shin, is it sprained or bruised?

Contusion: A bruise. Direct impact to the shin results in damage to the soft-tissues overlying the bone. Bruising can result in the collection of blood between the skin and bone, called a hematoma. Sometimes these hematomas need to be evacuated and/or drained. If swelling and pain is significant, see a sports specialist/orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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I sprained my ankle a week and a half ago. Today a lump on my shin appeared. It hurts to touch and is about 2 inches long. ?

I sprained my ankle a week and a half ago.  Today a lump on my shin appeared. It hurts to touch and is about 2 inches long.  ?

Without knowing if: ...you injured your shin at the same time, I can't tell you if the lump has anything to do with your ankle sprain. Bruising & swelling of the shin are particularly noticeable since there's so little "padding" between the shin bone and the skin. If you get more bruising or lumps on your shin or spontaneous bruises any where else, you should seek medical care. ...Read more

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My boyfriend hurt his ankle, we thought it was just a small sprain but when he put pressure on it he could feel the pain in his upper foot and shin.

My boyfriend hurt his ankle, we thought it was just a small sprain but when he put pressure on it he could feel the pain in his upper foot and shin.

X-ray: You will need and x-ray to see if you have a fracture. If fractured, you will need to be immobilized with a splint, cast, or rigid walking boot depending on the location of the injury. You may need surgery if the fracture is not stable or is displaced. Have you physician determine which course of treatment is best for you. ...Read more

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I sprained my ankle and hurt my shin on the same leg.Now everytime i wake up i feel intense pain on my right leg but then it goes away. What's going ?

I sprained my ankle and hurt my shin on the same leg.Now everytime i wake up i feel intense pain on my right leg but then it goes away. What's going ?

Spasm is still there: If you're having sharp pains in the morning, it depends where you're having those pains that will determine what the problem is. Best if you go see your doctor, so they can do a physical examination of your affected leg. You may still have muscle spasm from the sprained ankle in that leg, or you may have a shin splint, that you might be unaware of. It's worth having this looked into. ...Read more

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I dont know how I sprained my ankle, the pain began the next day. No swelling. I also have shin pain on the front and on the side. Why? What can i do?

Varies: If you do not remember injuring it, it would seem unlikely that it truly is a sprained ankle. It can represent a localized area of inflammation or even a muscle strain or possibly a radicular pain from your back. Consider being seen for a thorough evaluation. ...Read more

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Knee sprain, slight ligament tear, shin pain. What should I do to treat this pain?

Knee and shin pain: If they are mild, then short period of rest, ice, wrap/brace should be fine. If more significant, may need more time, pt, imaging. Check with orthopedic surgeon for good ligamentous exam to check your knee stability and for possible stress fracture of the tibia. ...Read more

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Hospital said i sprained my knee. It's been 2 and a half months and i still have numbness on my shin. My knee hurts at times. I can walk but not run. ?

Hospital said i sprained my knee. It's been 2 and a half months and i still have numbness on my shin. My knee hurts at times. I can walk but not run.
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Nerve issue: Your numbness can be due to abnormal nerve function due to nerve impingement or damage. Treatment varies depending on the cause of the problem. Have it evaluated and appropriately treated. ...Read more

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Fell 3 wks ago. Shin still hurts bad and swollen. Feel 2 lumps. Side of foot hurts to walk on it. Told I sprained it, no xray. Is this normal?

Fell 3 wks ago. Shin still hurts bad and swollen. Feel 2 lumps. Side of foot hurts to walk on it. Told I sprained it, no xray. Is this normal?

No, not normal at --: all. If symptoms are improving then I would not worry, if not, then I would have it seen to by an Orthopod with Xrays and treatment, as necessary started. Good Luck. ...Read more

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Fell down stairs, was seen. Said I have a sprain. Bottom and top of foot hurt. Shin where I have carpet burn feels warm to touch and numb. No xray.

Fell down stairs, was seen. Said I have a sprain. Bottom and top of foot hurt. Shin where I have carpet burn feels warm to touch and numb. No xray.

Be patient: It sounds like you have a bad sprain and some associated numbness where you got the rug burn, and most likely had some superficial nerves damaged in the scrape. If the rug burn starts to get redder and spread, the warmth gets worse, it starts to drain pus, than it may be getting infected, so seek help again in that case. Otherwise, time will heal your wounds. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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How do I know if my leg is sprained if my leg has been hurting at the knee for a week?

How do I know if my leg is sprained if my leg has been hurting at the knee for a week?

Sprain: Patients usually remember a injury when they sprain their knee . When there is no recall of injury it may be more of a mechanical issue such as improper shoes that create more grip or new activity such as dancing, also consider the surface in which one may be running on or a tendinitis due to overuse. ...Read more

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I sprained my hamstring about a week ago ago but know the whole back of my leg is a dark purple. And the back of my know and leg is sientive ?

I sprained my hamstring about a week ago ago but know the whole back of my leg is a dark purple. And the back of my know and leg is sientive ?

Hamstring: More than just a sprain. Tore some musclefibers and hemorrhaged into area. Now rising to surface as bruising. Massage, stretching gently, cont ice. Will be fairly long recovery/rehab. ...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