Picture this: You’re walking down the street and all of a sudden, you trip, twisting your ankle in the process. You try to get up, but pain spreads around your ankle, and walking causes more pain. More likely than not, you’ve sustained a strain, which About.com defines this way:
“A sprain is an injury to a ligament. A ligament is a thick, tough, fibrous tissue that connects bones together. Commonly injured ligaments are in the ankle, knee, and wrist. The ligaments can be injured by being stretched too far from their normal position. The purpose of having ligaments is to hold your skeleton together in a normal alignment — ligaments prevent abnormal movements. However, when too much force is applied to a ligament, such as in a fall, the ligaments can be stretched or torn; this injury is called a sprain.”
Fortunately, sprains are not life threatening and most can be treated at home through rest, ice packs, compression bandages, and elevation. However, when you can no longer walk four steps without wincing in pain, or if numbness has set in, it’s time to seek medical attention.
While you can go to emergency rooms for treatment, they are often packed with patients and the cost of services are excessively high. For relatively minor injuries like sprains, Paine Field, Everett urgent care clinics can provide treatment at considerably lower prices. Since you don’t have to book an appointment before dropping by, these practices are also often called walk-in clinics.
Ankle sprains are comparatively minor injuries but ignoring them increases the likelihood of developing chronic pain in the future. For faster treatment of ankle sprains, visit a trusted Paine Field, Everett walk-in clinic like U.S. HealthWorks Medical Group.
(Source: Sprains and Strains, About.com)