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Sprain and Strain Treatment in Fargo

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Sprains are a type of injury to the ligament (band) that connects two or more bones to a joint. Sprains are often caused by the joint suddenly being forced outside the usual range of movement. Severe sprains can feel and look like a fracture and can make it challenging for medical professionals to determine the difference between a break and a sprain. Strains involve a tearing and overstretching of tendons or muscles.

After a strain or sprain, many medical professionals recommend resting, icing the area, compression, and elevating the injury. However, in severe cases, this type of home treatment may not be enough to relieve pain and manage the condition.

At Altaire Clinic, we can assess your injuries and provide the proper medical treatment you need to help you recover faster.

Common Sprain and Strain Injuries

Ligament sprains and tendon and muscle strains cause millions of Americans to seek medical treatment each year.

Common strain and sprain injuries include: 

  • Tennis elbow
  • Forearm injuries 
  • Shoulder injuries 
  • Hamstring injuries 
  • Ankle tendon injuries 
  • Foot tendon injuries 
  • Knee injuries 
  • Sports injuries 
  • Wrist tendon injuries 

Many strains and sprains can heal on their own, with proper home treatment and rest. In other cases, physical therapy or surgery may be needed to prevent future injuries.

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Causes and Symptoms

A strain happens when a person puts a lot of pressure on a muscle, such as when exercising or lifting a heavy object. Strains often occur when a person is working a body part or contracting a body part. This type of injury often occurs when a person hasn’t stretched and warmed up to improve blood flow to the muscles. Strains are also common when an athlete returns to a sport after the off-season. Strains typically affect the legs, neck, or back.

A sprain is caused by an injury, such as twisting the knee or ankle. They can occur anytime, but commonly happen in sports.

Common symptoms of sprains and strains include:

  • Muscle spasms
  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness in the soft tissue and other painful symptoms 
  • Pain or weakness when moving or using the injured area

Treatment for Sprains and Strains 

Many types of soft injuries can take two to three weeks to heal, depending on the severity of the strain or sprain, any balance issues, general health, and any subsequent injuries.

It’s important to get the correct treatment as soon as possible after an injury to prevent further injury and to help the injury heal faster, without complications.

Treatment can include:

  • Electrotherapy
  • Exercises
  • Manual techniques, such as massage
  • Medication
  • Gradually introducing activities
  • Customized casts or splints

Once you’ve suffered a strain or sprain, you are at risk of re-injuring the same area. At Altaire Clinic, our medical professionals can help you plan a gradual return to the activities you love to help you stay fit and healthy.

Treatment Options

Many types of soft injuries can take two to three weeks to heal, depending on the severity of the strain or sprain, any balance issues, general health, and any subsequent injuries.

It’s important to get the correct treatment as soon as possible after an injury to prevent further injury and to help the injury heal faster, without complications.

Treatment can include:

  • Electrotherapy
  • Exercises
  • Manual techniques, such as massage
  • Medication
  • Gradually introducing activities
  • Customized casts or splints

Once you’ve suffered a strain or sprain, you are at risk of re-injuring the same area. At Altaire Clinic, our medical professionals can help you plan a gradual return to the activities you love to help you stay fit and healthy.

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What To Expect During Your First Visit

When you come to Altaire Clinic, a medical professional will ask questions about what caused the injury and what your symptoms are. You’ll also receive a physical exam to help determine the location and severity of your injury. The information you provide will help us plan the next steps of your care.

We may ask:

  • What symptoms you have
  • Your pain level
  • The circumstances that caused your injury
  • How your symptoms affect your ability to complete daily tasks and your ability to move
  • If specific activities, movements, or postures increase your pain level
  • What type of at-home treatment you have tried
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Cost of Treatment / Insurance

To learn the cost of treatment, contact your insurance provider directly. 

At Altaire Clinic, we accept the following types of insurance:

  • Aetna
  • BCBS of MN
  • BCBS of ND
  • Cigna
  • Health Partners
  • Humana
  • Medica
  • Medicare
  • ND Medicaid
  • Preferred One
  • Sanford
  • Tricare/Health Net Federal Services
  • United Health Care
  • VA PC3 (Optum)

*Please contact us if you have any questions as to if we accept your insurance.

Why Choose Altaire Clinic

At Altaire Clinic, we provide comprehensive treatment for all types of strains and sprains. Our goal is to address your injury, provide effective, gentle, and safe treatment, and help you recover as quickly as possible. We strive to help you achieve your health and wellness goals, with quality care provided by experienced and knowledgeable medical professionals who provide compassionate care.

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Contact Altaire Clinic for a Consultation

If you suffered a strain or sprain, seek quality, compassionate medical treatment from the medical professionals at Altaire Clinic as soon as possible. We offer flexible appointments and can work with your busy schedule to ensure you receive the high-quality care you deserve. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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