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Treatment for Sprains & Strains

Experienced Orthopaedists Are Here to Help

Many people will experience a sprain or strain at some point in their life. A sprain is an injury to a ligament, which is the tough tissue that connects bones together. A strain is an injury to muscle or tendon. In many cases, these injuries will heal on their own. However, suffering a sprain or strain will increase your risk of a recurring injury. These injuries are most common for athletes and other people who live active lifestyles. If you use the injured area frequently and do not take measures to reduce the strain it experiences, it is likely that another injury will occur.

At Methodist Orthopaedic Surgical Associates, we provide comprehensive care for sprains and strains. We take the time to educate patients about their injury and what they can do to prevent it from re-occurring.

How Severe is Your Sprain/Strain?

There are different degrees of sprains and strains. The severity of your injury will determine what course of treatment is best for you.

Types of sprains:

  • 1st Degree – This is the most minor form of sprain. Symptoms include minor pain and swelling.
  • 2nd Degree – Symptoms include moderate pain, some swelling, bruising, and difficulty moving the joint.
  • 3rd Degree – The most severe form of sprain. Symptoms include severe pain, swelling, and bruising. This usually occurs with then ligament is ruptured or completely torn, which may render the joint unusable.

Types of strains:

  • 1st Degree – The most minor form of strain. Symptoms include minor pain and tenderness.
  • 2nd Degree – Symptoms include moderate pain, limited range of motion, and possible swelling and bruising.
  • 3rd Degree – The most severe form of strain. Symptoms include severe pain and severely reduced range of motion. This usually means that the muscle has suffered a large tear.

Our orthopaedic specialists can provide the knowledgeable treatment and care you need after suffering a strain or sprain. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.