A sprain or strain is a common injury that can be work-related, sports-related, or related to simply overexerting yourself. Coast Spine and Sports Medicine offers effective treatment solutions to ease the pain of sprains and help you heal as quickly as possible. We serve men and women in Orange County, Los Angeles County and Inland Empire.
What Is a Strain or Sprain?
Sprains and strains are often used interchangeably, as both refer to the tearing or overstretching of soft tissue around joints. A joint strain refers to tearing or overstretching muscles or tendons that connect bones to muscle, while a sprain refers to ligaments which connect bones together. These two types of injuries are very similar and produce similar symptoms including:
- Limited flexibility
- Pain around the joint
- Trouble using the joint’s range of motion
- Bruising (ligament sprain) or muscle spasms (muscle strain)
What Is a Repetitive Strain Injury?
A repetitive strain injury is a condition in which ligaments, tendons, or muscles are injured due to repetitive motions. There are many types of repetitive strain injuries (RSIs) and they are very common in office work, manual labor, and the use of technological devices like video game controllers. These injuries are associated with not only repetitive tasks like typing but also vibrations, mechanical compression, and awkward, sustained positions.
Examples of RSIs include:
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Raynaud’s Disease
- Rotator Cuff Syndrome
- Golfer’s Elbow
- Tennis Elbow
What Is the Cost of Strain or Sprain Treatment in Orange County?
The cost of treatment for a sprain or strain can vary depending on the location and cause of the injury. During your first appointment at Coast Spine and Sports Medicine, we will create a treatment plan customized to your condition and review the cost of your treatment. To make your treatment as affordable as possible, we accept many forms of insurance, as well as financing through CareCredit®.
What Causes Sprains and Strains?
Many strains and sprains are the result of repetitive, prolonged motion, including repetitive manual labor or office work. They are also frequently caused by sports and exercise. A sprain or strain can even result from overexerting yourself even once or lifting an object that’s a bit too heavy. Sometimes sprains or strains happen due to an accident such as a slip and fall accident.
How Are Strains and Sprains Treated in Orange County?
There are several treatment options for ligament sprains and muscle strains in Orange County. The right treatment option will depend on the cause of your injury and the severity of your pain.
Mild strains and sprains can be treated with compression, elevation, rest, and ice therapy. When sprains and strains are more serious, physical therapy and steroid injections may be advised. Steroid injections are effective when there is joint inflammation contributing to the pain and reduced range of motion.
Surgery is only used as a last resort to repair a damaged or torn muscle, tendon, or ligament.
If you are dealing with a painful sprain or strain that hasn’t responded to ice, elevation, and compression, you may need treatment to recover. Contact us at Coast Spine and Sports Medicine to schedule an appointment and learn more about the treatment options available in Los Angeles County and Orange County, CA.