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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

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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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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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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