Sprain Injury Care
A sprained ankle, knee, wrist, elbow, or shoulder is a common injury that occurs when a ligament that holds your bones together gets stretched or torn as a result of substantial force, motion, or pressure.
At Orthopaedic Surgical Consultants in Crown Point, Indiana, we often see patients with sprains and can diagnose their injury with a simple physical examination. Some cases, however, require an X-ray to make sure there isn’t a fracture. We then classify the sprain according to its severity:
- A Grade 1 sprain is a mild injury in which the fibers of the ligament may be stretched yet are still intact.
- A Grade 2 sprain is a moderate injury in which a ligament is partially torn.
- A Grade 3 sprain is a more severe injury in which the ligament is completely ruptured and may possibly be tearing off a piece of bone.
Despite their severity, most sprains can be treated without resorting to surgery. Mild sprains can be treated conservatively with R.I.C.E. (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to help reduce pain, inflammation, and swelling.
However, if more aggressive treatment is necessary, our expert orthopaedic surgeons also offer the latest minimally invasive procedures.
Treatment for Sprains in Crown Point, Indiana
If you experience a sprain to any of your joints – especially a major sprain – don’t ignore the symptoms, as it can lead to permanent joint instability if left untreated. Instead, call Orthopaedic Surgical Consultants at (219) 662-2279 to schedule an appointment or use our convenient online request form.