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What Does a Sprained Joint Feel Like? 

Joint sprains are extraordinarily common injuries that can occur while playing sports, exercising, or simply walking around the house. If you’ve sprained a joint, you may feel a popping or tearing sensation, followed by a feeling of either stiffness or instability. Other signs of a joint sprain include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Trouble using the affected limb

Let’s back up for a second…what exactly is a joint sprain, anyway? Sprains and strains are sometimes used interchangeably, but they describe different injuries. A sprain is a tearing or overstretching of ligaments, which are bands of tissue that connect bones within a joint. A strain, on the other hand, is a tearing or overstretching of tendons or muscles. Tendons are thick, fibrous cords that secure muscles to bones. Sprains often affect ankles and wrists, while strains frequently occur in the lower back and hamstrings.

Receive Walk-In Treatment for Joint Sprains

Fast Track Urgent Care’s fully equipped, physician-led locations in Silver Spring and Kensington, Maryland, offer treatment for joint sprains, strains, and other non-life-threatening injuries every day on a walk-in basis. Plus, we’re open during extended hours to serve busy people like you, and even offer telemedicine appointments to patients who’d like to chat with a medical professional from home.

Visit a Fast Track Urgent Care location or connect with us online today! If you have any questions regarding our injury treatment services, clinicians, or accepted insurances, give our friendly professionals a call at 844-202-1532.