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When should I call my doctor if I have a sprain or strain?

If you have a sprain or strain, call or go to the doctor or clinic if:
  • You heard a popping sound when a joint was injured
  • You have a lot of swelling
  • Pain is very bad
  • The injured area looks crooked or has lumps that are different from swelling
  • You can't move the injured joint
  • You can't stand on the injured leg
  • You have numbness in part of the injured area
  • The injury is to an area that has been hurt several times before
  • You have pain, swelling, or stiffness that doesn't get better in 2 to 3 days
  • Child will not use injured arm or leg

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