Sprains Evaluated & Treated in Laredo, TX

Sprains Laredo TX

Sprains are common injuries that occur when a ligament—a strong band of fibrous tissue that connects the bones in a joint—is overstretched, sometimes to the point of tearing. Usually a result of excessive twisting, sprains often affect the ligaments in the ankles and knees. This can happen while playing sports or even during daily activities, such as stepping on an uneven surface.

Sprains often cause pain, swelling, stiffness, and bruising. Because the symptoms of sprains and fractures (which are more serious injuries) are very similar, it can be difficult to distinguish between the two on your own. Therefore, it is important to seek medical attention right away, especially if you cannot put any weight on the affected joint. In the Laredo, Texas, area, you can come to VitalMed Urgent Care. We are open every day during extended hours.

How Are Sprains Evaluated & Treated?

We will begin by asking you to describe your symptoms and the circumstances of your injury. Next, we will perform a physical examination to check for swelling and tenderness. We may also order an imaging test such as an X-ray, which can be performed on site, to rule out a fracture or other bone injury.

If we confirm that your injury is a sprain, we may suggest traditional “PRICE” therapy, which involves:

  • Protecting the injured ligament by wearing a supportive brace
  • Resting to minimize stress on the affected joint
  • Icing the painful area to reduce swelling
  • Compressing the injury with an elastic bandage
  • Elevating the injured area of the body above heart level

Additionally, we may suggest an over-the-counter pain reliever or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) to further reduce the pain and swelling, if needed.

How Long Do Sprains Take to Heal?

In general, mild sprains improve within a week to 10 days, while more severe sprains can take up to several weeks to fully heal. Once healing is complete, it is important to return to physical activities gradually in order to minimize the risk of further injuries. A physical therapist can help by recommending an exercise program designed to restore range of motion, strength, and balance.

At VitalMed Urgent Care in Laredo, TX, you can have your injury promptly evaluated and receive appropriate treatment, if necessary. Contact us today to learn more about our comprehensive urgent care services, including treatment for sprains.


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North Clinic 5711 McPherson Rd. Ste 103
Laredo, TX, 78041

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Tel: 956-602-8595   Fax: 956-602-8685

South Clinic 3120 La Pita Mangana Rd. No. 100
Laredo, TX, 78046

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Tel: 956-568-1350   Fax: 956-568-1588

Ana Hernandez

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Excellent staff and great care, couldn't ask for better care.. I was in the nursing field for 18 years and I would recommend this clinic to everyone I know.

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Very friendly staff and very efficient! I went in and got seen within 10 minutes. Dr listened to my needs and attended. Very satisfied

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Wonderful service! Everything was clean. The staff was courteous and professional. The wait time was short. Love the App that’s available so that patients can “check-in” and get in line at home. Highly recommend.

Why VitalMed?

Since our founding in 2015, VitalMed has set the gold standard for non-emergency urgent care in the Laredo, TX, community. Our medical providers take great pride in making the lives of local individuals, families, employers and employees a bit easier. In non-life-threatening situations, we are a convenient and cost-effective alternative to an ER.

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