Sprains

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At Mend Clinic, Salem orthopedic urgent care specialists see a lot of sports injuries. Whether it’s from weight training at the gym, stumbling during a run at Bush’s Pasture Park, or during a high-intensity game while representing Blitz the Bearcat at Willamette University, sprains aren’t just painful—they can lead to more serious issues if not treated. Learn more about types of orthopedic injuries we treat, read reviews, and see why patients choose Mend Clinic as their ER alternative in Salem, Oregon. Book your appointment online, walk-in, or call (971) 204-8410.

The terms “sprain” and “strain” are often used interchangeably by the general public, but there’s a big difference. Sprains only occur in ligaments, which connect bone to bone. Strains occur in the muscles.

Ligaments are made up of bands of thick connective tissue. Comprised of collagen-rich fibers, they’re designed to cushion the space between bones as well as connect bones. Without ligaments, your bones wouldn’t “join” together. (Ligaments are sometimes confused with tendons, but tendons connect muscle to bone).

Lumbar muscle strains are essentially when you injure the lower back as a result of moving, twisting, or bending for example. The lower back is the foundation for your body and injuries, strains, and sprains are common. A lumbar sprain is caused when muscle fibers are abnormally stretched or torn resulting in a sudden injury or due to gradual overuse. The soft tissues around the spine then become irritated and inflamed causing even more pain. The Orthopedic Specialists Mend Clinic specializes in ligament sprains of the back, joints, and other areas, which happens when the joint ligament is twisted so harshly that swelling and pain occurs.

Sprains can happen for a variety of reasons, but they’re especially common in sports injuries. Types of sprains and strains treated at Mend Clinic:

  • Sprained Ankles, elbows, knees, and other joints
  • Back strains
  • Twisted ankles and knees
  • Hamstring tears
  • Bursitis

Athletes in a variety of sports are susceptible to a variety of injuries by virtue of their sport. Tennis players, baseball players, swimmers, and golfers are prone to shoulder and elbow tendinitis, while basketball and soccer players, runners, and dancers are more likely to have inflammation issues in their legs and feet.

Sprains | Mend Clinic, Salem, Oregon

Sports-related sprains are very common due to many athletic movements putting pressure, twisting, and jolting the joint.

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Why Seeking Treatment For A Sprain Is Important

Sports-related sprains are very common due to many athletic movements putting pressure, twisting, and jolting the joint. Being even slightly off in your lifting form can lead to a sprain. A sudden impact in a contact sport is another popular sprain cause. Without treatment, a sprain can lead to a tear. A torn ligament is much more painful, immobilizing, and takes a lot longer to heal than a sprain.

Athletes need to be especially careful and seek Salem ER alternative care immediately after a sprain. It’s the best, safest way to ensure a smooth recovery and get you back into the game (or your fitness regimen) quickly. Book an online appointment now for sports-related sprains.

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