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How long can a person have a sprain ?

How long can a person have a sprain? The signs and symptoms from a sprain? What sort of movements or activities are restricted due to sprain? What are the medications and treatment needed and what is it? What efforts aided in relieving symptoms? Is it contraindicated or indicated for massage?
Asked On : Thu, 18 Nov 2010
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Dear Gen, Welcome to healthcaremagic community forum..
Sprain injuries can last for few days to few weeks depending on the location of the injury, the severity of injury/inflammation.
The symptoms is majorly pain and swelling. Restriction of the joint movements due to pain occurs. One can also notice local rise in the temperature at the area of inflammation compared to the normal area. Often, its difficult to differentiate between a sprain injury and a fractured bone, hence your doctor can ask for Xray.
Any activity involving the affected joint needs to be avoided, untill there is complete recovery. Walking/bearing weight on the affected limb is to be restricted if the sprain is involving the lower limbs..
The treatment protocol is icing therapy, compressions with the use of splints/ wraps /supports/braces, antiinflammatory drugs, and rest.
Massaging in an acutely inflammed ligaments can worsen inflammation, thereby increasing the symptoms and time of recovery, hence its definitely contraindicated.
Answered: Thu, 18 Nov 2010
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