Strain/sprains can be permanent.
There are 3 grades of sprain/strain:
Grade 1: Overstretching of the ligament that is a transient condition that resolves.
Grade 2: Partial tearing of the ligament that does not heal, it wound repairs accordingly with internal scar tissue called adhesions. This is a permanent change in tissue structure and leaves the joint unstable.
Grade 3: This is a complete tear of the ligament and can require surgery. This leaves the joint very unstable, that over time will fill in with adhesions. This, additionally is a permanent scenario.
Doctors are not given the choice of choosing which type of strain/sprain in their diagnosis, as the coding guidelines only gives the doctor 1 choice. When confronted with a diagnosis from a doctor with strain/sprain, do not assume that it is a grade 1. Ask the doctor to clarify which grade you have to determine if it is a permanent condition or not. These can happen in any joint of the body including the spine and all extremities.
A sprained joint can become susceptible to repeated sprains if steps aren’t taken to treat the initial injury fully. As a result, it’s essential to take a few days to rest and stay off the injury before carrying on with an everyday routine.
If you have a sprain or strain that doesn’t seem to be healing on its own, or if you’ve suffered a severe joint or muscle tear, please reach out to Pittsburgh Spine and Injury Center. We can help determine a course of care that will get you back to enjoying the activities you love.
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