Sprain

Sprain

A sprain is tearing or stretching of the ligaments that connect two bones. Most commonly, people experience sprain in their ankles, knees, wrists, fingers, elbows, shoulders, neck and back.

Common symptoms include:

  • Pain
  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Some people hear a “pop” in the joint

Treatment of Sprain

Sprains are often caused by an abnormal force to a joint resulting in tearing or stretching of the ligaments. The pain is usually noticed right away during the activity. You can help reduce the likelihood you’ll experience a sprain by engaging in regular exercise, stretching, and strength conditioning. Common treatment modalities include rest, ice, elevation, immobilization of the joint with a splint or ace wrap, crutches, and medications. There are instances when an x-ray or other diagnostic/treatment modalities may be required. We will evaluate your symptoms and help determine a course of action to help you feel better.