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Medstar Monday - Week 3 - Sprains

A ligament is connective tissue that connects bone to bone. When a ligament gets stretched or torn, the medical term is a sprain. You may have heard of an ACL tear. But did you know that an ACL tear and an ankle sprain are different degrees of the same basic injury? Tearing your ACL is considered a third-degree knee sprain while “rolling” your ankle is usually a first-degree ankle sprain. If you suffer a sprain, swelling and pain are the biggest indicators. In order to decrease these symptoms, the care should be “RICE” (rest, ice, compression and elevation). If you can bear weight on your limb, it is okay to do so, but the amount of time should be limited, meaning you should not walk around all day at your soccer tournament or you risk increased swelling. You should ice the injured area as frequently as possible for 20 minutes at a time, then 20 minutes off. If you have a compression sleeve or ace bandage, wrap that around the injured part starting further away and wrapping towards the core. Finally, keep your body part elevated above the level of the heart to encourage the removal of swelling. If you do not see a positive change in function after a few days, make an appointment with a sports medicine primary care physician or orthopedic surgeon for follow-up. Recovering from a sprain depends on the severity of the injury. A minor sprain, such as “rolling” your ankle, may take a few days to recover. A major sprain, like an ACL tear, may require surgery to repair. Your physician will be able to determine the best course of treatment.

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Baltimore Union Sports Medicine Team

Union Sports Medicine Liaison: Bryan Caplan, DPT, MTC ([email protected])
Athletic Trainer:Amber Radtke, MS, LAT, ATC, NASM-CES ([email protected])
Strength and Conditioning Coach: Jay Dyer, CSCS ([email protected])
Vice President of MedStar Sport Medicine: Sean Huffman
Director of MedStar Sports Medicine Research: Andy Lincoln

Baltimore City (Harbor Hospital)
Physician: Jeffrey Mayer, Leigh Ann Curl
Sports PT: Chadd Baldwin
Concussion PT: Emily Coates

Baltimore County (Franklin Square)
Urgent Care: MedStar Franklin Square ED
Physician: Frank Dawson, David Cohen, Christopher Looze
Sports PT: Ryan Zimmerman
Concussion PT: Michael Ariete, Jana Bille

Baltimore County (Dundalk)
Physician: Kelly Ryan
Sports & Concussion PT: Laura Long

Baltimore County (Timonium)
Urgent Care: MedStar Prompt Care Towson
Physician: Andrew Tucker, Richard Levine, Melita Moore
Sports PT: Chad Keller
Concussion PT: Patrick Miller

Harford County (Bel Air)
Urgent Care: MedStar Prompt Care
Physician: Sean Curtain
Sports PT: Chelsea Mitchell
Concussion PT: Adrienne Nelson
Concussion PT: Tori Palmer

Baltimore County (Perry Hall)
Urgent Care: MedStar Prompt Care
Sports PT: Stephanie Stover
Concussion PT: Mark Musselman

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