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Joint Injuries Including Sprains and Strains

Joint Injuries Including Sprains and Strains

Joint injuries are defined as the trauma to the bones or ligaments that make up a joint. Joint injuries are very common in children and adults. Joint injuries may be associated with diseases such as osteoporosis, necrosis of the bone, arthritis, or dislocation.

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 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.


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.

Contact us

In case of urgent medical care assistance, AfterOurs Urgent Care offers immediate telemedicine services, where medical providers are available to offer assistance. 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.