About Sprains and Strains
Common injuries, like sprains and strains, can happen to anyone, especially as a result of injury during exercise or from a fall. A strain occurs when a muscle or tendon gets stretched or pulled while a sprain is the overstretching of a ligament (the thick tissue that connects bones to joints). Both types of injuries can cause severe discomfort, pain, swelling, bruising, and limited range of motion in the affected area. At Lawrence Family Practice Center, our physicians are experts in the top treatments for sprains and strains in common areas, such as the wrists, knees, back, and hands. Our goal is to alleviate pain and promote healing so you can get back to living life to the fullest. Schedule an appointment in Lawrence, KS today.
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How Are Sprains and Strains Treated?
If you have a sprain or strain, it is a good idea to visit your doctor to have the injury examined and treated. Sprains and strains are typically diagnosed during a physical exam. Usually, an x-ray is performed to see whether a fracture or break is present. If nothing is broken, the diagnosis will most likely be a sprain or strain. The recommended treatment plan may include resting, elevating the affected area, taking anti-inflammatory medication, and icing the injury to reduce swelling. Your physician may also provide a splint or brace to wear as the injury heals. Sprains and strains usually start feeling better within a couple of weeks, although full healing can take around two months. For severe sprains and strains, a more extensive recovery time may be involved.
Professional Care for Injuries
Injuries can put a damper on your day-to-day life. If you have suffered a painful sprain or strain, you can rely on the professionals at Lawrence Family Practice Center. Our doctors provide expert care to promote healing and alleviate discomfort. Please get in touch with our team in Lawrence, KS to book an appointment.