Sprains & Broken Bones

Shaker Urgent Care & Family Practice

Family Medicine located in Greensburg, PA, Mt. Pleasant, PA, Donegal, PA

When accidents or injuries leave you with a sprain or broken bone, Shaker Urgent Care & Family Practice can save you a trip to the emergency room. Family physician Milad Shaker, MD, diagnoses and treats sprains and broken bones at his practice in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. If you or a loved one suffered an injury, call ahead or walk into urgent care without an appointment.

Sprains & Broken Bones Q & A

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What is a sprain?

Sprains are injuries to the ligaments that hold your bones together in a joint, such as your ankle or knee. These injuries typically happen after a bad fall or when you twist the joint in an unnatural way.

There are three different grades of sprains based on the severity of the injury:

Grade I

This type of sprain is the least serious and involves minor stretching and tearing of the ligament, resulting in mild pain, swelling, and stiffness.

Grade II

These sprains involve an incomplete tear of the ligament, causing moderate pain and swelling that makes it difficult to use the joint.

Grade III

These are the most serious type of sprains, involving a complete tear of the ligament. Bruising, swelling, and pain may be severe enough to make it impossible to use the joint.

When should I seek urgent care for a sprain?

Mild, grade I sprains may heal on their own with the RICE method — rest, ice, compression, and elevation. However, it’s a good idea to have Dr. Shaker examine the injury and provide professional recommendations for treatment.

Severe sprains that prevent you from using the injured joint require immediate medical attention. Even if the pain isn’t severe enough to prevent you from using the joint entirely, you should still go to Shaker Urgent Care & Family Practice so Dr. Shaker can evaluate the extent of your injury.

How can I tell if I have a broken bone?

Sometimes fractures, or broken bones, are so severe that the bone pierces through the skin. Other times, you might identify a broken bone by these symptoms:

  • Bruising and swelling
  • Deformity in the injured area
  • Inability to move or use the injured area

Symptoms of a broken bone may be similar to a severe sprain. Any time you sustain an injury that prevents you from moving normally without pain, you should go to Shaker Urgent Care & Family Practice right away.

How do you diagnose and treat sprains and broken bones?

First, Dr. Shaker performs a physical exam and thoroughly evaluates your injury. He may take tests, such as an X-ray, to determine the extent of the damage.

Depending on your particular condition, treatment may include:

  • Resetting broken bones
  • Immobilizing the injury with a cast or splint
  • Crutches for foot, knee, or ankle injuries

Then, he may recommend physical therapy to help you recover from the injury. For severe injuries that require surgery, Dr. Shaker refers you to a specialist for treatment.

If you think you have a sprain or broken bone, walk into Shaker Urgent Care & Family Practice today.