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What's a joing sprain?

What's a joing sprain?

General term: "sprain" is a general term - often mis used referring to the stretch or tearing of a ligament. Ligaments are the 'rubber bands" that hold bones and joints together in the skeleton. Minor sprains resolve without treatment, severe ones sometimes require many weeks of treatment or even surgery. ...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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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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Should I ice an old sprain?

Should I ice an old sprain?

Yes: Yes, ice helps healing, especially if there is swelling. If it's a chronic or recurring sprain, you may need bracing or to see your local podiatrist for further treatment. ...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 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 reduce sprain pain?

How can I reduce sprain pain?

Can you say "RICE": This mnemonic has stood the test of time because it is correct. Rest the area - reduce weight bearing or use. Ice the area - the best early treatment for sprains. Compression to the area - protection reduces irritation and aids healing. Elevation to the area - gravity isn't just a suggestion, it's the law so fight it by elevating the part.

If you're not better in 72 hours see your doctor. ...Read more

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Tell me what's a grade 2 sprain?

Tell me what's a grade 2 sprain?

It depends: There are several different grading systems. Some are supposed to apply to all joints while others intended to apply to certain joints only. However, most have 3 different grades where grade 1 is the most mild and grade 3 is the worst. So, a grade 2 is right in the middle. What that means regarding treatment and prognosis cannot be answered without knowing more info. ...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 can I treat a sprain from home?

RICE: Rest. Ice. Elevation. Gentle compression.
Rest the affected limb.
Apply cold packs for short periods of time to help control swelling. Make sure you have sufficient padding to prevent frostbite. Elevate the affected limb above the level of the heart, on several pillows if need be. A gentle wrap to support the injured limb. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time for a sprain?

What is the recovery time for a sprain?

Depends: Mild or grade 1 sprains typically heal in 1-2weeks
grade 2 or moderate sprains take about 4weeks to heal
a grade 3 sprain which is a complete ligament tear can take 6-8 weeks to heal and might require surgery. ...Read more

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How does heat & cold help heal sprains?

How does heat & cold help heal sprains?

Blood flow: Using ice or other cold therapy after an injury helps to decrease the blood flow to the area which helps to decrease the amount of swelling and may dull the pain as well.

Using heat later will increase blood flow to the area, hopefully carrying off the mediators of inflammation and may help loosen up the joint to facilitate regaining any lost motion. ...Read more

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How long is to long to have a possible sprain?

??: Certainly if it is not significantly better in 4-6 weeks you should then seek medical attention. ...Read more

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I sprained a ligament--what can be done for this?

I sprained a ligament--what can be done for this?

Sprain: Depends upon location. Generally rest, ice, compression, elevation, some splinting, then slow progressive motion. ...Read more

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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 is the definition or description of: Sprain?

Soft tissue: 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. ...Read more

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What happens if you don't ice a sprain right away?

Swelling and pain: Application of ice to an acute injury may minimize the swelling and pain. ...Read more

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Do sprains have any long-term effects on your body?

Do sprains have any long-term effects on your body?

Sprains: It depends on the location and type. Milder sprains (grade 1 & 2) can heal with none to little stretching of the ligament, but grade 3 or complete ligament tears may sometimes not heal. Multiple bad sprains to a ligament can also hurt the long term function of the ligament. ...Read more

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How long can it take a sprain to get better and heal?

Depends on injury: Ligaments heal differently
mcl almost always heal in ^ weeks and then improve over the next several months
acl knee tears when complete do not heal. ...Read more

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Is it possible I sprained my neck getting out of bed?

Is it possible I sprained my neck getting out of bed?

Yes: That's quite possible. It usually takes a few days (2-5) to subside. Ibuprofen and a muscle relaxers would help.
You could do this by sleeping with neck in an odd position, and the pain waking you in the morning. ...Read more

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Help please? I have frequent lower back sprains/pains?

Help please? I have frequent lower back sprains/pains?

A brace may help: Try using a back brace. Physical therapy may be helpful to relieve the pain and strengthen the muscles. Have it evaluated and get the proper referrals. ...Read more

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How long does it take a bad sprain in your back to heal?

Several weeks: See podiatrist for proper evaluation, diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Why do the lateral parts of my ankles get sprained easily?

Why do the lateral parts of my ankles get sprained easily?

Very, Very popular..: 16 year old females are in the middle of the group of people that have the highest occurrence of ankle sprains. So, you are not alone. As stable as the ankle can seem, a slight deviation in foot and/or ankle mechanics can cause the foot to collapse inward thus causing the later ankle damage that is so commonly seen. A consultation with a Healthtap specialist could help prevent future sprains. ...Read more

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I sprained my lcl 4 weeks ago, how long to heal completely?

Between2 and6 weeks: For a mild grade 1 sprain it may take 2-3 weeks to heal
for a grade 2 sprain, it will likely take
about 4-6 weeks to heal
for a grade 3 sprain, you will likely be
out for 6-8 weeks.
Obviously these are estimates and each
case varies with the patient and the
activity that they will be returning to. ...Read more

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Please explain what happens if you don't treat a sprain well?

Please explain what happens if you don't treat a sprain well?

Prolonged pain: If ignored, one may have prolonged pain and possible risk of re-injury. ...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