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When should I see a doctor about a sprain or strain?

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All but the most minor strains and sprains should be evaluated by a doctor. Consult a doctor as soon as possible if there are symptoms of a possible broken bone:

  • There is a "popping" sound with the injury.
  • The person can't move the injured joint or limb or bear weight on it.
  • The limb buckles when the injured joint is used.
  • There is numbness.
  • There is significant swelling, pain, fever, or open cuts.

From: Sprains and Strains Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Fractures: An Overview" and "Sprains and Strains: What's the Difference?"

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Sprains and Strains."

Beutler, A.  2009 Dec 15;80(12):1472-1474. Am Fam Physician.

Sprains and Strains Information from eMedicineHealth.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on January 15, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Fractures: An Overview" and "Sprains and Strains: What's the Difference?"

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Sprains and Strains."

Beutler, A.  2009 Dec 15;80(12):1472-1474. Am Fam Physician.

Sprains and Strains Information from eMedicineHealth.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on January 15, 2018

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