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Sprains, Strains, and Tears

Strains, sprains, and tears are common injuries. These injuries are similar, but involve different types of body tissue. Most of these injuries happen during sports or active play. But they can occur at any time.
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A strain, sprain, or tear can be painful. With the right treatment, most heal with no lasting problems.

A sprain is an injury to the ligaments or capsule that holds a joint together. There are no broken bones. Most sprains take about three-to-six weeks to heal. If the ligament is completely torn (severe sprain), it can take months to recover.

A strain is an injury to a muscle or to a tendon (tissue that connects muscle to bone). It is sometimes called a “pulled muscle.” A strain happens when a muscle or tendon is stretched too far or is partially torn. Symptoms of a strain are pain, swelling, and having a problem moving or using the injured area. The hamstring (thigh muscle), calf muscle, and Achilles tendon are commonly strained.

A tear often occurs when a joint is forced beyond its normal range of motion. This can stretch or tear the ligament, much like the fibers of a rope coming apart. Both surgical and nonsurgical treatment has been used to recover from a tear. Several types of surgery are available based on you and your doctor's preferences as well as other factors.

Our Approach

M Health Fairview physicians provide the most up-to-date, effective orthopaedic treatments. The care team at our Orthopaedic Clinic is dedicated to delivering excellent care, innovative research, and meaningful educational programs for all of our patients.

Treatments, Tests, and Procedures

Joint Surgery

Joints are subject to great stress as they bear weight and enable us to move freely. If it becomes necessary, surgeons can repair many joints in the body, including hips, knees, etc. Joint surgery can reduce pain, swelling, and stiffness that limit mobility and interfere with everyday life.
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Arthroscopic Surgery

Arthroscopy is a frequently used procedure by orthopedic surgeons to examine, diagnose, and treat disorders inside a joint. Arthroscopic surgery is an option for a number of medical conditions, including: achilles tendonitis, arthritis, bone fracture, heel spur, herniated disc, and more.
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Foot and Ankle Surgery

Foot and ankle problems can be painful and affect our gait, our balance, and our mobility. A wide variety of surgeries can correct genetic disorders, injuries, or simple wear and tear. Many of surgeries can be performed laparoscopically, reducing your pain and recovery time.
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Fracture Care and Surgery

When our bones encounter a trauma, they can break. These breaks can be small, fine breaks called stress fractures, often in the lower leg and foot, or they can be more serious breaks in the hips and back.
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Hand, Wrist, and Elbow Surgery

There are a wide range of injuries, disorders and joint conditions that can affect hands, wrists, and elbows of you or your child. These might be due to sports injuries, one of several forms of arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and more.
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Shoulder Surgery

Shouler pain can originate from the shoulder itself, or from surrounding muscles and tendons, and it usually worsens with movement. If you or your child has shoulder pain, your physician will usually try conservative, non-invasive treatments before suggesting shoulder surgery.
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There may be other treatments, test, and procedures for this diagnosis, including:

  • Medical Management

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