is a sprain?
Our bones are connected at various joints.
Special tissues called ligaments (pronounced as lee - gaa - mints)
hold the bones together at the joints. When the ligaments are over-stretched
due to a funny movement (such as twisting the ankle), we get a sprain.
Ankle joints, elbows and wrists tend to get sprained very often.
Sometimes the muscle may get over stretched that is called a strain.
happens if I get a sprain?
Once you get a sprain, the affected area will
become tender and swollen and look bruised. It will pain a lot.
(A strain may start paining a few hours later). It may be difficult
to move or put weight over the affected part.
should I do if I get a sprain?
If you get a sprain, stop using that part
of the body right away. Do not move the affected part. Apply ice
packs over the injury for 10 to 20 minutes at a time for the first
24 hours. This will bring down the swelling. Your doctor will examine
the area and may even ask for an X-Ray to rule out a fracture, as
sprains tend to mimic fractures. Your doctor may apply an elastic
bandage or a splint at the joint.
the part may help decrease the swelling. Your doctor may also give
pain relievers to relieve the pain.
24 hours, you can apply warm compresses. Your sprain may heal within
3 - 4 weeks. It is important that you avoid excessive movement of
the injured area till it heals or it may take a longer time to recover.
skip & jump and I got a sprain
Doctor told that from sports I should refrain
Too much rest put me down the drain
That all that I did was have a weight gain".