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Anyone who has ever tried to console a person in pain by saying "It's only a strain or a sprain" has never experienced this kind of injury personally. A strain or a sprain can cause severe pain, stiffness, swelling and other symptoms -- and it only gets worse the longer it goes untreated, which is why urgent care makes such a huge difference in these cases. The sooner you get your sprain or strain tended to, the sooner and more fully it will recover. Here at Twin Oaks Urgent Care in Friendswood, TX our trained team is standing by to relieve your symptoms and put you back on the road to health.
It's important to know the difference between sprains and strains. A sprain involves a torn or stretched ligament. Ligaments tend to be very fibrous and tough because they control a joint's range of motion while also helping to cushion the joint against stress. But even a ligament has its limits, and a trauma that twists a body part beyond its normal range of motion can elongate and/or damage the tissue's fibers. If the ligament is torn all the way through, the joint may become completely useless. A sprained ankle is one of the most common types of sprain injuries. Symptoms include pain (especially when you try to move the joint or bear weight on it), stiffness, bruising and swelling.
A strain is a similar type of overuse or trauma-based injury, but it occurs in a different kind of tissue -- namely, muscles and tendons. Tendons act as "tethers" that connect bones to muscles, while muscles contract or relax to permit movement of the attached bones. When either the muscle or its tendon is subjected to excessive stress, tears in the fibers can develop. Strains may range from minor annoyances or full-scale acute emergencies in which the tendon is torn completely off of the bone. Pain, swelling, weakness, muscle cramps, and an inability to use the affected part of the body may result.
The first thing a sprain or strain usually requires is immediate rest, ice, compression and elevation (a first-aid protocol known as RICE). We recommend that you do what you can to attempt these steps en route to our urgent care facility. We will evaluate the injury's appearance and the degree of instability in the joint to determine how serious your condition is. If we suspect a severe sprain or strain, we may also perform x-rays.
In most cases, sprains and strains can heal on their own. We may advise you to take anti-inflammatory painkillers, apply ice several times a day, keep the injury elevated until swelling subsides, and avoid putting any weight on the injured joint. A severe sprain or strain may require surgery and physical rehabilitation.
Get the relief you need and the proper care your sprain or strain deserves. Bring your injury to Twin Oaks Urgent Care in Friendswood, TX! Contact us at (832) 569-4390.