Sprain Treatment in Orlando, FL
A sprain is an injury to a ligament, a strong band of tissue that connects the bones in a joint. Sprains often affect ligaments in the ankles, knees, wrists, and thumbs. This type of injury typically occurs when a joint twists or turns excessively, causing a ligament to stretch or tear.
Although sprains are often sports-related, they can also result from household accidents, such as stumbling while walking or stepping off a stair. If you believe you may have a sprain, you should seek treatment as soon as possible.
Primary Care When You Need It
As a member of Optimum Direct Care, a direct primary care (DPC) practice in Orlando, Florida, you can take advantage of unlimited access to our board-certified family practice physician, Dr. Toni “Muzzi” Muzzonigro. Dr. Muzzi is available to provide a full spectrum of primary healthcare services, including sprain treatment whenever you need it. Come to Optimum Direct Care right away if you experience any symptoms of a sprain, which can include:
To diagnose your condition, Dr. Muzzi will ask about your symptoms and the circumstances surrounding your injury, then perform a physical examination to check for swelling and points of tenderness. She may also order an imaging test such as an X-ray to rule out a fracture or other bone injury. Your membership entitles you to receive any imaging tests ordered by Dr. Muzzi from a trusted provider in Orlando, FL, at a discounted rate.
What Does Sprain Treatment Involve?
Depending on the severity of a sprain, home treatment may suffice. For instance, Dr. Muzzi may recommend:
- Protecting your injury with a supportive brace
- Resting to keep weight off your injured ligament
- Applying ice to the painful area as needed
- Compressing your sprained ligament with an elastic bandage
- Elevating the injured area above heart level
- Taking an over-the-counter pain reliever or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), if needed
A mild sprain may resolve within a week to 10 days, while a more severe sprain can take several weeks to fully heal.
Should You Seek Medical Attention?
It can be hard to determine on your own whether you have a sprain or a fracture. As a member of our DPC practice, you can have your injury promptly evaluated by Dr. Muzzi, who can also provide appropriate treatment, if necessary.
Contact Optimum Direct Care today to learn more about our comprehensive primary healthcare services, including sprain treatment, or to inquire about becoming a member of our DPC practice.