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What can I expect if I go to the emergency room for treatment of a sprain?

 Dr. Kathleen Handal, MD
Emergency Medicine
A sprain is torn ligament fibers, causing swelling pain and inability of the limb to function normally. Sprains are graded by the resulting loss of joint support. These are treated according to the degree with elastic wrap, splint, cast or even surgery for a full tear! If your ankle or knee is sprained, you will likely be given crutches. Sprains can take weeks to heal. You will be measured and taught how to use your crutches. Pay attention -- you do not want another injury.
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