Diseases

Sprain: treatments

The treatments differ according to the joint affected by the sprain.

1) The treatment of ankle sprain

The treatment of the ankle sprain is based on resting the ankle. It must be supported by a strapping or splint (sold in pharmacies) for a few days. This will strengthen the weakened ankle, while avoiding a total immobilization and avoid a reeducation of the muscles.

An analgesic medical treatment, more or less associated with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (ie other than cortisone) will be prescribed. Similarly, it may be advisable to keep the foot elevated to improve blood circulation.

No physiotherapy is needed afterwards because there has been no muscle wasting.

In case of severe sprain, a plaster immobilization may be necessary for a few weeks, so that the ligaments heal well. Rehabilitation will be necessary after removal of the cast.

A joint that has been the seat of a sprain remains fragile for a long time and the sprains tend to reproduce.

A simple tip to reduce the risk of ankle sprain:
Wear good comfortable shoes, adapted to the activity of the moment. And do not hesitate to help yourself with a cane or hiking stick if the walk is hesitant or the terrain rough.

2) The treatment of knee sprain

The treatment of a sprained knee differs depending on the ligament damage.

In simple sprains, rehabilitation and taking analgesics are enough. In other cases, the joint will have to be repaired by surgery. The benefit of such an intervention will have to be discussed with the surgeon.

In all cases, rehabilitation is very important. It limits the risk of stiffness and muscle loss.

For serious sprains of a leg joint, the doctor may consider prescribing heparin for a few days, especially if the patient has a history of phlebitis, etc.

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