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Sprains and Strains (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care

Sometimes you need to see a doctor for help in diagnosis and treatment. For strains or sprains, the pain can increase in the first one to two days, as the spasm surrounding the injury sets in. If after trying RICE (see Self-Care at Home) and over-the-counter medications the pain is not controlled or if the injury is thought to be more severe than initially believed, then a visit to a doctor is wise. A doctor's visit also is important if swelling gradually develops over a large joint, such as a hip, knee, elbow, or wrist.

Sometimes you need the help of hospital equipment and specialists. Seek care immediately in any of the following cases:

  • If you are concerned that a bone is broken or a joint is dislocated

  • If you have numbness or tingling associated with the injury (This may signify damage to a nerve.)

  • If the injured part of the body is cold and discolored (This may be associated with damaged blood vessels and loss of circulation.)

Children present a special situation. Due to growing bones, muscles, and tendons, these structures can react differently to stress. Parents can be rightly concerned about possible broken bones. Remember, even if you can walk on an injured limb or move it, you may still have a broken bone. It just means that the muscles and tendons are working across the joint.

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