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Sprains and strains are common injuries that can occur during everyday activities, sports, or work-related tasks. At NewMed Immediate Care in Rolling Meadows, we provide urgent care for these injuries, offering fast and effective treatment to help you return to your daily life with minimal downtime.

Understanding Sprains and Strains

Although often used interchangeably, sprains and strains are two different types of injuries:

  • Sprains involve the ligaments, the fibrous tissues that connect bones at a joint. A sprain occurs when these ligaments are stretched or torn, commonly affecting areas such as ankles, knees, and wrists.
  • Strains affect muscles or tendons, the tissues that attach muscles to bones. Strains are caused by overstretching or tearing these tissues, often occurring in the back, neck, or legs.

Symptoms of Sprains and Strains

Both injuries share similar symptoms, which can include:

  • Pain and discomfort in the affected area
  • Swelling and inflammation
  • Bruising
  • Limited flexibility and range of motion
  • Muscle spasms (for strains)

Muscle Injury Treatment Options

Our approach to treating sprains and strains includes:

  • R.I.C.E. Method: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation are initial treatments to reduce swelling and pain.
  • Medication: Over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help alleviate pain and reduce inflammation.
  • Physical Therapy: For more severe cases, physical therapy may be recommended to restore strength and flexibility.
  • Immobilization: Sometimes, braces or splints are necessary to immobilize the affected area to facilitate healing.

When to Seek Medical Care

It’s important to seek professional medical care if:

  • The pain or swelling is severe or worsens over time
  • You are unable to bear weight or use the affected limb
  • The injured area looks deformed or has unusual lumps
  • You heard a popping or snapping sound at the time of injury

Preventing Sprains and Strains

Prevention is key to avoiding sprains and strains. Some tips include:

  • Warming up properly before physical activity
  • Incorporating strength training and flexibility exercises into your routine
  • Wearing appropriate footwear for your activities
  • Being mindful of your surroundings to avoid falls or sudden movements that could cause injury

FAQs About Sprains and Strains

Visit NewMed Immediate Care for Sprains and Strains

If you suspect a sprain or strain, don’t wait for the situation to worsen. Visit NewMed Immediate Care in Rolling Meadows for a comprehensive evaluation and personalized treatment plan. We’re here to help you heal quickly and effectively, ensuring you can return to your activities safely and with confidence.

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Convenient Locations and Accessibility

Located near major expressways and well-connected by public transport, our clinics in Rolling Meadows, Cicero, Chicago, Roseland, and Hoffman Estates are easily accessible. We cater to the needs of our community by offering flexible visiting hours, including walk-in options and the ability to schedule appointments online or by phone. This ensures that you can receive care when it suits you best.

Rolling Meadows

1669 W. Algonquin Rd
Rolling Meadows IL 60008


5741 W Cermak Rd
Cicero IL 60804


2408 W Cermak Rd
Chicago IL 60608


134 W 111th St Floor 2
Chicago IL 60628

Hoffman Estates

925 N Roselle Rd
Hoffman Estates IL 60169