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Joint Injuries Including Sprains and Strains

Joint Injuries Including Sprains and Strains

Joint injuries are defined as trauma to the bones or ligaments that make up a joint. Joint injuries are very common in children and adults. Diseases such as osteoporosis, necrosis of the bone, arthritis, or dislocation may be associated with joint injuries. Patients can access immediate medical assistance for joint injuries treatment in Denver with AfterOurs Urgent Care.

Joint strains and sprains

Joint strain is defined as the joint injury due to the overstretching and tearing of the muscle or tendons attached to a joint. Bones are attached to the muscles by a thick band of cord known as tendons. When these tendons are compromised, this is a strain.

Joint sprain is defined as the injury caused by the stretching of the ligaments that hold a joint together. Bones are attached to other bones by thick bands known as ligaments.

Ligaments are stretchable, unlike tendons. The most common location for a sprain is the ankle joint.

Both ligaments and tendons are made up of collagen. The severity of the joint injury depends on the extent of the damage to the ligaments and tendons.

Joint Injury Symptoms

Joint strains and sprains are typically characterized by severe and sudden pain. The pain may be bad enough to require medical attention. Pain is one of the major symptoms of joint disease. Tenderness, redness, swelling, bruising, limited movement of the joint, hearing of a popping sound at the time of injury, locked joint and muscle weakness are some of the other symptoms of joint injuries.

The extent of the severity of the symptoms describes the severity of the joint injuries. Difficulty with movement, pain, swelling, or ongoing symptoms may make people seek medical care after a sprain or strain.

Best Treatment for Joint Injuries

Different joint injuries are treated differently. Sprains and strains are treated by advising the patient to rest the affected joint. Rest is the first treatment to treat sprain and strains.

A patient will also be advised to avoid activities that put stress on the affected joint. Rest is followed by intermittent icing. If there is swelling in the affected area, place a wrap or brace on the injured area to reduce swelling. The injured area may also be elevated above the level of the heart to reduce the swelling due to gravity.

Pain killers and analgesic sprays or creams are also recommended. Anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen or naproxen can both reduce pain and reduce inflammation, which promotes healing.

How Much Do Joint Injuries Treatments Cost?

The price of treating a joint injury can vary. A customized treatment plan is created for each patient based on the type of joint injury and the severity of the injury.  All costs associated with your treatment plan will be reviewed with you at that time.

Contact Us

AfterOurs Urgent Care offers immediate telemedicine services, where medical providers are available to offer assistance with joint injuries treatments in Denver. Anyone who experiences signs and symptoms requiring urgent medical attention can simply book their appointment with AfterOurs Urgent Care to directly talk to an expert. If your medical issue is not appropriate for telemedicine, we will let you know and refer you to an in-person facility.

When to visit a doctor:
If you experience difficulty in walking or pain in joints, you should see a medical provider in order to avoid possible serious complications.

Treatment regarding joint injuries is available at AfterOurs Urgent Care.