Sprains and strains

Sprains and strains are common injuries resulting from activities such as sports, walking or running on an uneven surface and slips and falls. They typically have similar symptoms but result from damage to different parts of the body.

Common symptoms of sprains and strains include:

  • Pain or tenderness
  • Limited mobility in the affected area
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Spasms

Treatment of sprains and strains typically follows the PRICE principle:

P – Protect the injured area

R – Restrict activity

I – Apply Ice

C – Apply compression in the form of a bandage or brace

E – Elevate the affected area

There are different degrees of sprains and strains, depending on the severity of the injury. Because of the varying degrees of sprains and strains, its important to seek medical attention to prevent exacerbating your injury and to determine the appropriate course of treatment.

The doctor can perform a thorough exam and assess the extent of your injury. Your doctor will then provide you with a comprehensive treatment plan, outlining the next steps for treatment, including how to best help the injury heal and manage your pain.

If your doctor deems it necessary, he may write a referral for imaging or refer you to a specialist for further evaluation and treatment. If a doctor determines you require imaging, SwiftMD support will follow up to ensure that your imaging order is sent to an appropriate facility and to ensure you make an appointment.

If you suspect you have a sprain or strain, book a doctor’s house call with SwiftMD and have a licensed primary care doctor come to your home on your schedule.

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