About Sprain or Ligament Injuries
A sprain occurs when the strong ligaments that support a joint, such as an ankle or wrist, stretch beyond their limits and tear. Sprains are common injuries that occur among people of all ages. They range from mild to severe, depending upon how much damage there is to the ligaments. Without proper treatment and rehabilitation, a more severe sprain can weaken your joint —making it more likely that you will injure it again. Repeated sprains or ligament injuries can lead to long-term problems, including chronic pain, arthritis, and ongoing instability. Our orthopedic surgeons and sports medicine providers work with you on developing a specialized treatment plan with your goals in mind with a team dedicated to helping you every step of the way.
Treating Sprain or Ligament Injuries at UT Health Austin
Upon evaluation of your affected joint, including possible imaging, your orthopedic provider will discuss nonsurgical treatment options as an initial approach to healing the injury and improving function. These options often include activity modifications and rest, support braces, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen, physical therapy and strengthening exercises. In more severe cases physical therapy and rehabilitation may also be included in treatment to help prevent stiffness and rebuild joint strength to prevent chronic problems. Your care team will walk you through the risks and benefits as well as what to expect throughout your recovery process.
Care Team Approach
At UT Health Austin, we take a multidisciplinary approach to your care. This means you will benefit from the expertise of multiple specialists across a variety of disciplines caring for you in one place to avoid having to schedule multiple appointments with providers at locations all over the city. The Musculoskeletal Institute care team includes orthopedic surgeons, sports medicine physicians, physician assistants, physical therapists, physiatrists, chiropractors, nurse practitioners, dietitians, social workers, and more who work together to help you get back to the things in your life that matter most to you.
We collaborate with our colleagues at the Dell Medical School and The University of Texas at Austin to utilize the latest research, diagnostic, and treatment techniques, allowing us to customize a treatment plan specific to you. Treatment may include nonsurgical interventions, such as lifestyle modifications, physical therapy, or medication and injections, or surgery may be the best course of action to help improve your pain and function. Advanced imaging and lab testing are also available on-site if needed.