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Sprains and Broken Bones

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What is a Sprain?

An injury that stresses a joint and overstretches or ruptures a ligament, the seriousness of the injury ranges from:

  • Mild: The ligament is stretched, but the joint is in stable and working condition
  • Moderate: In the moderate symptom’s ligaments are torn, and the joints become uneven
  • Severe: In an intense sprain injury, ligaments complete torn, and joint separate from the bone and affect the functioning of joints

A minor sprain can be looked at ER centers or urgent care facilities, however more severe sprain injuries require immediate hospitalization

What is a Broken Bone?

A fracture occurs when there is excessive force on the bone, which then breaks or cracks. Aside from fracturing the bones, other body parts affected by such injury are tissues, tendons, joints, and other sensitive parts of the body’s internal layers.

There are many types of bone fractures:

  • Displaced Fracture: When a person suffers from this fracture, the bone breaks from two or more places, so there is no alignment.
  • Non-Displaced Fracture: The bone partially or completely cracks; however, there is immobility. Therefore the bone remains correctly allied.
  • Closed Fracture: The bone is broken, but there is no punctured or open wound in the skin
  • Open Fracture: In such an injury, the bone breaks from the skin. Occasionally, the bone can recede into the wound and will be no longer visible. This kind of fracture can cause deep bone infection; therefore, open fractures are always treated within the ER centers.

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What Causes a Sprain?

Sprains occur when you are lifting heavyweight. The twisting motion may be from:

  • Incorrectly pivoting
  • Fall
  • Imbalance during physical activity

What causes Broken Bones?

Sporting injuries and accidents mostly cause broken bones. These accidents include a fall from stairs, accidents during running, and other physical or routine work.

Some of the health conditions that are responsible for broken bones include:

  • Osteoporosis
  • Some Cancers
  • Osteogenesis Imperfecta often called stiff bone disease

How to Prevent Sprains

Nobody can avoid sprains. However, there are few things that you can try out to prevent this condition from happening, such as:

  • Always do the physical workout with proper guidance
  • Doing stretching exercise regularly
  • Choose the best footwear that is comfortable as well as fit you perfectly
  • Eating a well-balanced diet to nourish all parts of the body
  • Warm-up before any athletic activity or work out

Symptoms of a Sprain

The main symptoms of a sprain include:

  • Immobility of injured joints
  • Irritation
  • Pain
  • Staining

Symptoms of a Broken Bone:

Broken bones severity depends upon the patient’s age, the injury intensity, and the patient’s general health condition. Most of the bone fractures are accompanied by the following symptoms:

  • Discomfort
  • Swelling
  • Staining
  • Tarnished skin across the affected area
  • Immobility etc

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