Fractures, Sprains & Strains Treatment Questions and Answers
Day to day life can come to an immediate halt if you hurt yourself with a fracture, sprain, or strain. Don’t stay home and try to deal with it alone, visit AFC Urgent Care in Agoura Hills. Our professional and caring staff is here to help you when you need it. We serve patients from Agoura Hills CA, Oak Park CA, Paramount Ranch CA, Calabasas CA, Westlake Village CA and Cornell CA.
If you play sports, exercise, or have a physically demanding job, then fractures, sprains, and strains are most likely part of your vocabulary, and rightfully so. And it doesn’t matter if you are a pro-athlete or amateur, or stonemason or fitness enthusiast, fractures, sprains, and strains come with the territory: the more you are active, then the chances are higher for injuries. A fracture is a break to the bone, a sprain is the stretching of a ligament, and a strain is a stretching or twisting or pulling of a muscle or its attachment. AFC Urgent Care in Agoura Hills, CA, are here to help you with fractures, sprains, and strains, so call us today, we even accept walk-ins.
What is the difference between fractures, sprains, and strains?
There are a number of notable differences between fractures, sprains, and strains. Let’s first start with a fracture that has the following symptoms: pain, bruising, swelling, painful or limited motion, even deformity. Then there is a strain that has the following symptoms: muscle spasms, muscle weakness, cramping, difficulty moving, walking or using the injured area, pain, bruising and limited movement. The symptoms of strains include pain, cramping, reduced difficulty or motion with daily activities, swelling and bruising, and muscle weakness and stiffness. In all, if you have a fracture, sprain, or strain, then you will have limited movement and pain, however, it is always best to seek medical attention for your injury.
How are sprains and fractures treated?
The good news is that most fractures and sprains are treatable, and surgery is not normally needed. However, in the event of a severe break that needs to be stabilized, surgery will most likely be necessary. For suspected sprains and even strains, your doctor may recommend that you rest for at least 24-hours, and apply ice packs or cold compresses for 10-to-15-minute intervals frequently over a 48-hour period. Your doctor may also recommend wearing an elastic bandage for a least two days to reduce swelling, and elevating the injured part above your heart as much as possible for two days in order to also reduce swelling. Most minor fractures should heal on their own, but only if you stop all physical activity, and during the recovery period, you may also need to modify your activity. In the event of serious fractures, doctors, with the aid of x-ray technology, or CT scans (computed tomography) and MRI scans (magnetic resonance imaging), may utilize braces, splints, plaster casts, and pain relief medications for patients. When you have any kind of injury, like sprains and fractures, it is important to have it checked out by a healthcare professional for a speedy recovery time and to ensure there are no other damages caused by your injury.
How long do strains and sprains take to heal?
Most people – athletes and physical worker types – who experience strains and sprains will have to spend some time off the grid to heal. A sprain, depending on its level of muscle strain, may take up to 4 to 6 weeks to heal, sometimes longer, and those who experience a strain injury will most likely be out of action for a few weeks. The more rest you get means that you will reduce the risk of re-injury. Follow your doctor’s advice at all times so that you can enjoy a successful recovery. Once you feel stronger and better, then book an appointment with your doctor before going back to work, or diving back into your sport of choice, or the local gym.
Where should I go if I have a fracture, sprain, or strain?
If you have a fracture, sprain, or strain, the first stop is to either see your doctor, or visit an Urgent Care Healthcare Facility, like American Family Care – AFC Urgent Care. We take online appointments and walk-ins, so call us.