Strains and sprains are injuries affecting muscles and ligaments, usually because of accidents while moving, such as during sports.
It could be a stretch or tear in the muscles or tendons (the tissue connecting your muscle to your bone) or ligaments (the tissues around the joints that connect bones to one another).
Whether it is a muscle strain, muscle tear, ligament tear or pulled muscle, you may feel pain, experience swelling or bruising and restricted movements to the affected part. Depending on the severity of your condition, read on to find out when you should consult a General Practitioner (GP) first, or get treated and tested at an Urgent Care Centre (UCC), or head directly to the Emergency Department (ED).
Shortly after the accident happens, give yourself first aid by administering P.R.I.C.E.
Your GP is well placed to treat mild-to-moderate symptoms at the clinic and refer you to a specialist when necessary.
You can visit the UCC for conditions that require urgent attention but are not life-threatening. For example, someone with a painful sprain can visit the UCC for an X-ray to rule out a fracture instead of visiting the Emergency Department of a hospital. There are physiotherapists on-site to assess soft tissue injuries.
To check the services offered at each UCC, please check with the healthcare providers directly.
This article is contributed by Woodlands Health Campus and Khoo Teck Puat Hospital.
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Thursday, April 29, 2021
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