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When to see a health care provider for a sprain

When to see a health care provider for a sprain

Jan. 9, 2013
 
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♦You have severe pain and cannot put any weight on the injured joint.

♦The injured area looks crooked or has lumps and bumps (other than swelling) that you do not see on the uninjured joint.

♦You cannot move the injured joint.

♦You cannot walk more than four steps without significant pain.

♦Your limb buckles or gives way when you try to use the joint.

♦You have numbness in any part of the injured area.

♦You see redness or red streaks spreading out from the injury.

♦You injure an area that has been injured several times before.

♦You have pain, swelling, or redness over a bony part of your foot.

♦You are in doubt about the seriousness of the injury or how to care for it.

Source: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

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