A sprain occurs when you have twisting of the ligaments of either a wrist, ankle, or any other joint, which causes pain and swelling but not a dislocation.
The leading cause of a sprain is due to an injury such as a fall or landing in an unnatural way, causing the ligament to twist.
Because a sprain can happen at any time, it's essential to understand its symptoms and manage them.
GuruMD offers online advice for a sprain, allowing you to speak with a board-certified professional and get treatment from your home's comfort. Find out about this condition by reading here.
What is a Sprain?
A sprain occurs when the ligaments, which are fibers that connect bones to other bones, are either torn or stretched.
The leading cause of a sprain is an injury, which is caused by an unnatural landing. This type of pathology causes twisting of the ligaments from the ankle, wrist, or any other part of the body.
The focus of the treatment is often geared towards alleviating any discomfort and in stabilizing the sprained area for proper healing.
Symptoms of Sprains
Most common symptoms of a sprain are:
- Inability or limited ability to move the affected joint
- Sometimes you can hear a "pop" in your joint at the time the injury occurs.
How Does GuruMD Treat Sprains?
At GuruMD, we offer urgent care for patients with a sprain. If a person is experiencing any of the above symptoms of a sprain, all you have to do is create an account to get in touch with a medical provider. Register online and then visit a doctor from your app.
Our board-certified professionals will diagnose a sprain by asking questions about your recent health history and current symptoms. Usually, an office visit is not needed, so going online to see a doctor is convenient and useful.
The doctor may send you to radiologic imaging since this helps the healthcare provider identify the severity of the injury.
The main goal of a sprain is initially symptom relief and to stabilize the affected area. The physician will recommend applying an ice pack on the site, compressing the area by wrapping the affected area with an elastic Ace bandage around the joint, and keeping it elevated above heart level. It would be best if you remained rested by either sitting down or lying down to keep the area stable.
Depending on the severity of your pain, the physician may recommend taking over the counter NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) medications such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin).
Once you receive the proper treatment, the physician will provide medical advice on managing the symptoms of a sprain.
To make sure you're on the right track, we offer walk-in appointments for patients with a sprain. We want to make sure you enjoy a safe recovery process and get all the care you need to overcome your symptoms.
Are you experiencing a sprain? Register for your GuruMD account now to get the treatment you need.