Sprains & Strains
Accidents happen. We can help.
Sprains and strains are common–and painful–injuries. But whether it’s a rolled ankle on the basketball court or an aching back after helping a friend move, Samaritan Medical Care Center can help. Our medical team can evaluate your injury and get you the treatment you need to start feeling better.
Sprains and Strains
- A sprain is the stretching or tearing of ligaments (the tissue that connects two bones togethers in your joints). Sprains commonly occur in the ankle, wrist, knee and elbow.
- A strain is the stretching or tearing of muscles and tendons. You might strain your lower back, your calf or hamstring muscle.
While sprains and strains are usually self-treatable, it’s advisable to have a medical professional evaluate the injury.
Severe sprains and strains may require surgery. A Samaritan provider can rule out these more serious injuries and determine the best course of treatment. Our providers will check the affected area for swelling, bruising, and stiffness, and look to pinpoint areas of tenderness. The location and severity of your pain will help reveal the extent of the injury.
Most sprains and strains can be treated with the R.I.C.E. method (rest, ice, compression and elevation) and over-the-counter pain relievers. More severe injuries may require a brace or splint, or even surgery.