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Expert Treatment for Sprains

Sprains, while often considered minor injuries, can sometimes escalate into more serious medical situations. At Elitecare Emergency Hospital, we recognize the importance of accurately assessing and treating sprains, especially when they present with severe symptoms. A sprain that results in intense pain, deformity, an inability to move or bear weight, or is accompanied by numbness or tingling, should be addressed as a medical emergency.

Common Causes of Sprains

Sprains typically occur due to:

  • Sudden Twists or Turns: Often happening in sports or physical activities.
  • Falls or Trips: Leading to awkward landings on a limb.
  • Blows to the Body: That force a joint out of its normal position.
  • Overextension: Stretching a joint beyond its typical range of motion.

How to Treat Sprains

Initial treatment for sprains includes:

  • Rest: Avoiding activities that cause pain or discomfort.
  • Ice: Applying cold packs to reduce swelling and alleviate pain.
  • Compression: Using an elastic bandage to provide support and decrease swelling.
  • Elevation: Keeping the injured area raised above heart level.

When to Visit the Emergency Room for Sprains

Seek emergency care if the sprain:

  • Causes Severe Pain: Especially if it’s unmanageable with over-the-counter pain medication.
  • Shows Signs of Deformity: Indicating a possible severe ligament injury or fracture.
  • Inhibits Movement or Weight Bearing: If you are unable to move the joint or bear weight.
  • Accompanies Numbness or Tingling: Suggesting nerve or blood vessel damage.

FAQs on Sprains

Q: How can I differentiate a sprain from a fracture?
A: While both can present with pain and swelling, fractures often have more pronounced deformity and inability to use the affected limb.

Q: Are sprains more common in certain activities?
A: Yes, sports and physical activities with jumping, running, or rapid direction changes increase the risk.

Q: What is the typical recovery time for a sprain?
A: Recovery varies but typically spans from a few days to several weeks, depending on severity.

Q: Can I prevent sprains?
A: Wearing proper footwear, stretching before activities, and strengthening exercises can reduce the risk.

Get the Care You Need

For sprains that go beyond minor injuries, Elitecare Emergency Hospital provides advanced care to ensure proper healing. Our medical staff is skilled in treating a sprains, offering both immediate relief and long-term recovery strategies. If you’re experiencing a severe sprain, visit us for comprehensive and compassionate care to get you back to life.

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