How Do Orthopedists Classify Sprains?

Sprains are a common type of sports injury treated by orthopedists. Because of this, using a classification system can make diagnosing and treating this type of problem simpler.

Orthopedists use grades I, II, and III to classify sprains. A grade I sprain describes stretching, a small tear, or minor damage to the joint’s ligament and typically causes mild swelling and tenderness. A grade II sprain is a more serious injury that is associated with moderate swelling and pain caused by a tear in the ligament and resulting in abnormal looseness of the joint. Finally, a grade III sprain involves severe swelling and refers to a complete tear of the ligament and serious joint instability that may require surgical treatment.

Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine is a premier provider of experienced treatment for sports injuries near Queens. If you’ve suffered a sprain and would like to schedule an appointment with one of our orthopedists, then please dial (347) 537-2404.

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