Sprains and strains can usually be treated with home therapy using the RICE interventions. However, if the injury is more severe, your care provider may suggest splinting or casting to rest the injured joint.
In some cases, operations are required to fix complete tears of muscles or tendons to allow complete return of function and to allow those muscles to do their job of moving the body. Significant tears of ligaments that stabilize joints also may need repair, but again, most are treated with short-term immobilization and early return to activity. Sometimes, resting the injury requires some help.
Slings for arm injuries or crutches for leg injuries can be used, in addition to a variety of removable splints to protect the injured area from further damage and movement. Resting also helps relieve some of the muscle spasm associated with the injury.
Sprains and strains are characterized as the partial or complete rupture of the muscles and tendons, primarily as a result of a sports injury. Most of these types of injuries can be treated utilizing the RICE method at home. When a sports injury is more severe, medical interventions may be needed. For more information, please feel free to ask Dr. Jimenez or contact us at (915) 850-0900.
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