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Dr. Payam Rafat
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Sprain (Overview)

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 recovery can vary considerably.


Dr. Payam Rafat
1,199 doctors shared insights

Sprain (Overview)

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 recovery can vary considerably.


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One week post ankle sprain. Swelling pain and bruises still there. New symptom is burning sensation. Is this normal? What causes this?

One week post ankle sprain. Swelling pain and bruises still there. New symptom is burning sensation. Is this normal? What causes this?

Likely normal : It can take a few weeks before the swelling and bruising completely subside. The burning sensation is likley sign of local nerves being under pressure from the excess blood and swelling in and around the ankle joint. This should also subside as the other symptoms due. If the burning sensation, swelling, bruising are worsening would suggest seeing your doctor. ...Read more

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Treating a Sprained Ankle (Checklist)

Rest immediately after the injury
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Use ice to decrease swelling and pain
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Use compression such as a soft brace or bandage
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Keep injury elevated
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What are the typical symptoms of a sprained neck?

What are the typical symptoms of a sprained neck?

Pain: Symptoms of a neck sprain can include pain, limited or painful movements, muscle spasm, and stiffness. Pain which radiates down an arm to your fingers might be something more like a pinched nerve. Sprains usually improve with time, anti inflammatory medications and therapy. Whenever concerned, please be evaluated by your favorite orthopedic surgeon! ...Read more

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What are some signs of a sprained ankle?

What are some signs of a sprained ankle?

Several: Pain, swelling, discoloration, difficulty in walking or standing. ...Read more

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Treating Muscle Strain (Checklist)

Determine cause, if possible
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Try R.I.C.E. (rest, ice, compression, elevation)
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Ease back into activity. Don't overdo it!
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Consider physical therapy or range-of-motion massage
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I caught a heavy binder & it bent my wrist backwards. The cyst arose from that trauma. Diagnosis was sprained wrist & tendonitis but it's been 10 mos.?

I caught a heavy binder & it bent my wrist backwards. The cyst arose from that trauma. Diagnosis was sprained wrist & tendonitis but it's been 10 mos.?

X-rays can help rule: Out a more severe injury or a ligament injry that needs attention. If a cyst formed it may not just go away by itself as well. If xray is negative and a ligament injury or fracture is still suspected then at times more advanced imaging is used such as mri. ...Read more

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Symptoms of a grade two thumb sprain? How does a doctor diagnose it?

Symptoms of a grade two thumb sprain? How does a doctor diagnose it?

Exam: It is primarily a clinical diagnosis, that is to say it is based primarily upon an examination. X-rays are often obtained to rule out a bone injury. An X-ray taken with a stress view can be used in some cases to rule out a grade III injury. ...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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How do you know when you have sprained your ankle?

How do you know when you have sprained your ankle?

Ankle Sprain: In most cases people tend to use the terms "sprained" and "twisted" synonomously when describing ankle injuries. However, it is important to point out in most cases a sprain (ligament damage) usually comes from a twisting mechanism (also known as inversion or eversion) of the ankle. Pain, swelling and possible bruising are all signs of a sprain. Rest, ice, elevate, compression to help recover. ...Read more

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Can lower back pain cause neck and shoulder pain? How can a sprain on one place cause sprain somewhere else?

Can lower back pain cause neck and shoulder pain? How can a sprain on one place cause sprain somewhere else?

Neck and Shoulder : Lower back pain does not usually cause neck and shoulder pain. They may be related to a common problem or completely separate issues. Best to be evaluated to determine. A sprain is an injury to a ligament. A ligament holds bone to bone. Injuring one ligament does not cause a sprain to another ligament unless there is trauma to both. ...Read more

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My ankle feels like it's on fire and it hurts after I twisted it. Could that mean it is sprained?

Possibly: Courtney, pain after an injury could mean sprain (ligament injury), strain (muscle injury), or fracture (bone injury). Try RICE: rest, compress (with an ace wrap), ice (with bagged frozen peas), and elevate. If the pain is not better in 4-5 days, see your doctor, as you may need an X-Ray. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What are the best ways to treat sprains and strains?

What are the best ways to treat sprains and strains?

Usually RICE: I would recommend a combination of rest ice, compression and elevation depending on the severity of the injury it can take from 2-6 weeks to heal. ...Read more

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How are neck sprains treated?

How are neck sprains treated?

Therapy/medication: Initially a short course of anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxers, and massage can help. Physical therapy can be prescribed to work on posture, gentle exercise, traction and modalities such as heat and ultrasound. See your physician if your pain lasts greater than 2 weeks. ...Read more

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What is the best course of treatment for a sprained ankle?

What is the best course of treatment for a sprained ankle?

RICE: Rest it, ice it (bag of frozen veggies works in a pinch), compress it in an ace wrap or brace, elevate it as much as possible and take Ibuprofen or alleve to decrease the pain and swelling. If you cannot put any weight on it at all you should see your doctor. You may need crutches or further evaluation. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for a sprained ankle?

What are the treatments for a sprained ankle?

It depends: On the kind of the sprain. 1-removable brace for three weeks.2- the same and anti-inflammtory medicine.3-cast and possible surgery if did not healed. ...Read more

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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