Sprains Treatment Specialist in Evergreen Park, IL, and Mokena, IL
Sprains can be quite painful, and range from mild to severe in how badly you injured the ligament in the area of the injury. If you feel you are dealing with a sprain, contact Family First Medical Group today to get a diagnosis and treatment.
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While your ligaments are quite strong and are like elastic bands which are connected from the bone to another bone and hold your joints in place, they can become injured. A sprain can occur when the ligament has a tear occur in the fibers of the ligament. There are two different types of tears that can occur with a sprain:
• Partial tear
• Complete tear
The most common sprain we often see at Family First Medical Group is an ankle sprain, with knee, wrist, and thumb sprains coming in after. Patients will notice a sprain quite easily, as the area will begin to swell quite quickly and feel painful. If you are dealing with a minor sprain, which the pain is not as intense, and can be easily managed at home, treatment can also be applied easily at home by following the R.I.C.E method.
R – Rest
You want to rest the injured limb, we often recommend not putting any weight on the limb for 48 to 72 hours, as this will allow the limb to start the healing process without a re-injury occurring so soon after. A splint or a brace may also be recommended if a doctor thinks it is necessary.
I – Ice
Icing the area that you sprained can help the swelling to go down. You can use items like a compression sleeve filled with cold water, a cold pack, or even submerge the injured area in a slush bath. It’s best to ice the injury almost immediately after for 15 to 20 minutes. Continue icing the area 4-8 times per day for the first 48 hours after the injury or until you start to notice swelling improving.
C – Compress
Applying a compress with a bandage, or elastic wrap can also help with swelling.
E – Elevate
Elevating the injured area above your heart when you can help to limit or even prevent swelling from occurring.
Taking care of a sprain is not an overnight transition, it takes days and even weeks for a sprain to fully heal. If you do not see an improvement in the sprain, immediately visit your doctor for further review and diagnosis.
As well, if the sprain is providing a lot of pain, and the R.I.C.E method is not helping, visit your doctor for further help.
The severity of the sprain will depend on the length of time it will take for it to heal. We may not fully know the full extent of damage that a sprain caused unless diagnostic testing is completed to see what occurred. On average, we have noticed many moderate sprains to take about 3 to 4 weeks to heal enough to feel like you can continue with daily tasks and activities again without issues. More severe sprains can take 3 to 6 months to fully heal before moving on to daily tasks and activities again without issue.
You can easily heal a sprain with the proper information, particularly if you visit a doctor for a proper diagnosis, rest, and the correct rehabilitation methods to help you improve your sprain and mend it faster.
A sprain is considered a tear of a ligament(s) – this is when the tough bands of fibrous tissue which connects two bones within the joints become injured. The most common treatment option to help a sprain is the R.I.C.E. method which consists of rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Mild sprains can easily be treated at home, while more severe sprains may require surgery to help repair any partially or fully torn ligaments.
Symptoms of a sprain include:
• Hearing or feeling a “bang”
• Limited mobility in the affected joint
A strain is when there is an injury to the muscle or the band of tissues that are attached to the muscle and bone. Symptoms of a strain include:
• Limited mobility
• Muscle spasms
• Muscle weakness
If you want to learn more about the services that we provide at Family First Medical Group, we would love to hear from you! Please feel free to give us a call, or you can schedule an appointment with us through our website. We serve patients from Evergreen Park IL, Mokena IL, Oak Lawn IL, Hickory Hills IL, Chicago Ridge IL, Bridgeview IL, Bedford Park IL as well as many other areas in the Chicagoland Region.