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Sprains vs. Strains

Sprains and strains can be caused by the same mechanisms as a fracture, an x-ray can differentiate between the two. A sprain is abnormal stretching or tearing of a ligament that supports a joint. Sprains and strains may be caused by repetitive activities or by a single event. Medical professionals at Manatee Urgent Care can help children and adults who are looking for immediate advice for various injuries.

Sprains and Strains Diagnosis

The diagnosis of a sprain or strain usually can be made after the healthcare professional takes a history of the injury and performs a physical examination. Depending upon the situation, X-rays, CAT scan or MRI scan may be needed to help make or confirm the diagnosis.

Whether it is your foot and ankle, a pulled muscle, your ligaments and tendons or any other body part, diagnosing your sprain or mild strain can be key to getting you the proper treatment. An urgent care center is a great place for a medical professional to take a look at your medical condition and provide the proper treatment for your injury.

Sprains and Strains Treatment

Mild sprains and slight muscle strains, such as twisting an ankle or a sore hamstring muscle, can be treated with everyday items you can find around your house. For example, light muscle strain treatment, pulled hamstring treatment or mild sprain treatment can be done with rest, applying ice, compression and elevation – otherwise known as RICE.

Most sprains and strains resolve with time, but occasionally other treatment, including physical therapy (with strengthening exercises) and surgery, may be required. An urgent care clinic can help determine the right treatment for your exact injury, including medications you may need, as anti-inflammatory medications may be helpful in decreasing the pain and inflammation of the injury. Reducing swelling and reducing inflammation in your muscles, tendons and ligaments is key to healing.

Treating your sprain or strains is what we do at Manatee Urgent Care. Contact us to start feeling better as soon as possible.

Urgent Care for Sprains and Strains

Muscle injury can occur anywhere at any time. An urgent care center is the best place to accurately diagnose your sprain or strain and learn about the best way to treat your injury. If the injury is minor such as a slight hamstring strain or ankle sprain, then you may have concrete instructions on how to start feeling better, sooner.

Sprains and Strains can also limit the range of motion of the injured area. If the problem is worse, a trip to urgent care can help with the pain and swelling and bruising of the injured area, accurately determine if you have a broken bone and get your injury in front of the right specialist or send you to an emergency room so that your injury does not become a much longer one.

Contact Us Now

Manatee Urgent Care, located in Bradenton, Florida, is open seven days a week with convenient daytime and evening hours for patients needing urgent care treatment. Manatee Urgent Care’s team of medical professionals are here to help with your sprain or strain. Walk-in or make a reservation online.