A sprain occurs when the fibrous tissue that connects the bones at a joint is overstretched or torn. On the other hand, a broken bone is when a bone snaps, making it difficult to move or place weight on the injured area. Both sprains and broken bones need medical attention and should be evaluated by a Provider as soon as possible.
Symptoms of a sprain include:
- Muscle spasms, cramping or weakness
- Tingling or numbness
- Difficulty moving the area
Symptoms of a broken bone include:
- Swelling or bruising over a bone
- Pain in the area that gets worse when pressure is applied
- Difficulty moving or placing weight on the area without pain
Sometimes, it may be difficult to tell the difference between a sprain and a more minor broken bone. To diagnose the injury properly, a physical exam by a health professional and x-ray are necessary, so stop by ModernMD for a visit and x-ray!
Once the injury is diagnosed, a ModernMD Provider will develop a treatment plan that best meets your needs, reduces your pain & protects the area from further damage while you heal. Your provider may apply a brace or splint to the area and will provide crutches or a cane if you need them!
After receiving treatment, your Provider will provide follow up instructions such as following R- rest, I – ice, C – compression, E – elevation to decrease swelling and pain and/or avoiding strenuous activities such as sports until cleared.
Should you need specialty treatment for a broken bone, the ModernMD team will refer you to an Orthopedic specialist, or coordinate a transfer to the closest hospital in the case of an emergency.
However, please seek immediate medical attention at the closest emergency room if the broken bone is visible through the skin,you are experiencing severe bleeding, the bone snapped, the joint or limb looks crooked, or there is numbness, tingling, or cool sensation on the injured area.
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