Sprains and strains happen every day to people who are just taking a walk or who may participate in a sports activity. However, sprains and strains are not the same thing. A sprain is often a tear in the ligaments attached to your muscles, and a strain is a tear in the tendons. Both can be painful and create a cause for concern, and both require similar treatment methods. However, one marked difference is that while a strain can often be resolved with some time resting at home, a strain may require medical attention and a more thorough approach to recovery.
A sprain, or a torn ligament, can be mild, moderate, or severe and can lead to anything from mild pain to the inability to put weight on or use your limbs normally. Torn ligaments may mean that you have to sit out a game or two, or that you are out for the season depending upon the severity of your injuries. The common type of treatment for torn ligaments is known as RICE therapy: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.
It’s important to seek medical attention right away if you don’t have eased pain and swelling in 24 to 72 hours, you cannot bear weight, or your symptoms continue to worsen over time. It will be important for your medical professional to determine where your torn ligaments are more severe than originally anticipated and whether you need further medical treatment to resolve the problem.
At Heal Sports Medicine, we know that having an injury that keeps you from your normal routine can be frustrating. However, the most important thing you can do is properly take care of your injury so you can heal more quickly. Contact us today if you have questions about our treatment options or to schedule an appointment with us.