Sprain and Strains Treatment Questions and Answers
AFC Urgent Care offers quick and efficient assessment and treatment for various types of sprains and strains. We are open Monday to Friday 8 am–8 pm and Saturday to Sunday 8 am-5 pm. We are located at 3613 Highway 153 Powdersville, SC 29611. We serve patients from Powdersville SC, Greenville SC, Mauldin SC, Easley SC, Piedmont SC, Berea SC, and Gantt, SC.
What is the difference between a sprain, strain and fracture?
Typically, a sprain refers to an injury to a ligament, which is the tissue that connects one bone to another. Ligaments are in all of our major joints, such as the knees, hips, and ankles. A strain is similar in that it can also impact the ligaments. However, with a strain, it’s also likely that the muscle itself is injured.
Both sprains and strains can cause extreme pain, and while they seem similar, symptoms can vary between the two. With a sprain, there may be pain, swelling, and mild bruising around the injury area, and when the injury occurs, you may hear or feel a pop in the joint that is impacted. A strain also causes pain, swelling, and bruising, but the swelling may come on quicker and be more intense, and there may also be muscle spasming in and around the affected area. A fracture tends to be more serious and obvious. Depending on how the injury occurred, there may be bone poking through the skin, or complete inability to use the affected limb. However, fractures can also mimic the symptoms of a sprain or strain, and they may be tricky to diagnose. With a fracture, keep an eye out for deformity of the injured area, and pain that increases significantly when pressure is applied to the area or when moving it.
How are sprains and fractures treated?
Treatment will depend on the severity of the sprain or fracture. While it’s important to seek care from a medical professional, there are things you can do at home to soothe the symptoms. Generally, it is recommended that you rest as much as possible, and avoid frequent or heavy use of the injured area. Icing the area on and off for about fifteen minutes at a time is also helpful, as well as compressing the area with a bandage and keeping it elevated, in order to reduce swelling.
A physician may order an X-ray or Ultrasound in order to get a better sense of the site and severity of the injury, and to know how best to proceed. A physical exam of the injury site may also be involved, in which the physician assesses the injured area and checks your range of motion or ability to bear weight. A cast or stabilizing mechanism of some sort may be needed in order to let a broken bone or fracture heal.
How long will a strain or sprain take to heal?
Healing time also depends on the severity of the injury. A strain could take a few weeks or less to fully heal, whereas a sprain may be a little longer, around four to six weeks. It is usually best to rest and not put any further stress on the injured area. You may need to wait for your physician to tell you to go ahead with exercise or sports, and at the very least, those activities likely need to be avoided until swelling and pain go down and your full range of motion returns.
Where should I go for treatment if I have a fracture, sprain or strain?
The physicians and other specialists available at an urgent care site like AFC Urgent Care Powdersville can treat your fracture, sprain or strain. We provide an array of services and can see you quickly in order to assess the type of injury you have, the severity, and the right course of treatment.