Most people who are active will experience a sprain at some point in their lives.

Sprains in Kids: What Parents Need to Know

  • Understanding sprains: A sprain is a stretched or torn ligament (which connects bones). They're common in active kids.
  • Where sprains happen: Ankles, wrists, knees... any joint can be affected.
  • Signs of a sprain:
  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Trouble using the joint
  • Maybe a "popping" sound when the injury happened

Should I take my child to urgent care for a sprain?

  • Mild sprains: Often get better with home care (see below).
  • Seek care if:
  • Severe pain or swelling
  • Can't put weight on the joint
  • You suspect a broken bone
  • Home treatment isn't helping after a few days

How are sprains diagnosed at urgent care?

  • Physical exam: The doctor checks for tenderness, range of motion, etc.
  • X-rays (sometimes): To rule out fractures.

Treating sprains in children

  • RICE method: Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation. This helps most mild sprains.
  • Pain relievers: Ask your doctor what's safe for your child's age.
  • Severe sprains: May need a brace, crutches, or even surgery in rare cases.

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