ankle arthritis treatment doctor chu g2If you have ever played sports, you have probably heard the terms “sprain” and “strain.” It is quite easy to confuse the two, especially since they share such similar names. The truth is that they are quite similar except for the fact that they involve different body parts. In the event of a sprain or strain on the field, G2 Orthopedics and Sports Medicine will help to treat the problem. Here’s what to look for:

What Is a Sprain?

Sprains occur when a ligament stretches too far or even tears. When it comes to sports injuries, the ankle is the most common type of sprain, but it can also occur in the hands, knees, and wrists. The initial signs of a sprain include pain around the joint, the inability to use the area normally, and bruising or swelling. Some sprains are more painful than others.

If you suspect a sprain, cover the injury with an ice pack and rest the area while elevating it. If the injury is extremely painful, it is time to come to urgent care.

What Is a Strain

On the other hand, a strain occurs when the muscle or tendon stretches or tears. In sports, common strains occur in the hamstring or lower back. Symptoms of strains are similar to those of sprains, but they also include muscle spasms and involuntary movements. 

Your initial reaction to a strain should be quite similar to that of a sprain. Use ice, compression, and elevation to relax it. 

When to See the Doctor

Mild sprains and strains may not require medical treatment, but some are quite severe and require medical intervention. Surgery can repair tears, but they do require quick intervention. See a doctor if you find it difficult to walk without extensive pain, are unable to move a joint at all, or begin to feel numb.

At G2 Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, our providers are experienced with diagnosing and treating all types of orthopedic issues. With 2 convenient locations in Glen Allen and Midlothian G2 Orthopedics and Sports Medicine offers comprehensive care for your orthopedic needs. Schedule your appointment today with our outstanding foot & ankle specialist for personalized care today!