Sprain Specialist

Pacifica Orthopedics

Orthopedic Specialists located in Huntington Beach, CA

Sprains are one of the most common injuries, yet they can be incredibly painful and lead to chronic joint instability. Emile Wakim, MD, and the providers at Pacifica Orthopedics specialize in treating all types of sprains, developing a customized treatment that includes conventional and regenerative medicine in the form of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections to help ligaments heal. To schedule an appointment, use online booking or call the office in Huntington Beach, California.


What is a sprain?

A sprain occurs when you overstretch or tear one or more ligaments. The ligament tear may be partial or complete.

Here’s one of the most important things to know about sprains: Since ligaments connect bones and maintain joint stability, a sprain can cause chronic joint instability.

If you continue to use the affected joint without proper treatment and without giving the ligaments time to heal, you’re at risk for recurring sprains and joint dislocation.

It’s also common to damage other structures in the joint when you suffer the sprain-causing injury.

What causes a sprain?

Sprains develop when the joint is forced beyond its normal position or range of motion. Movements such as falling, twisting, stepping on an uneven surface, or coming into forceful contact with a person or object are often the source of a sprain.

The joints most frequently sprained are the ankles, knees, and wrists. However, it’s also common to sprain your neck, lower back, and thumb.

What symptoms will I develop following a sprain?

When you have a sprain, you’ll experience:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Inability to bear weight on the joint
  • Inability to use or move the joint
  • Joint instability

Although the intensity varies, sprains always cause some degree of pain, bruising, swelling, and inflammation.

Schedule an appointment with Pacifica Orthopedics if you:

  • Have severe pain or tenderness
  • See lumps, bumps, or crookedness in the joint
  • Can’t move or use the joint
  • Develop numbness in the injured area
  • See redness or red streaks spreading out from the injury
  • Reinjure a joint that was injured before

If you have any questions about how to care for your injury or whether it’s serious enough to need medical attention, call Pacifica Orthopedics.

How do orthopedic doctors treat sprains?

When diagnostic imaging is needed, you can get digital X-rays, ultrasound, and an MRI in the office at Pacifica Orthopedics. That means the doctors at Pacifica Orthopedics obtain your results quickly and can determine the best course of treatment for your sprain.

Although each patient’s treatment is customized for their injury, sprain therapy generally requires temporary immobilization and physical therapy or rehabilitation to restore strength.

Some patients benefit from Bauerfeind® or Össur braces to support ligaments, stabilize the joint, reduce pain and swelling, and restore function.

Dr. Wakim also offers platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatments to promote tissue growth and accelerate healing. When a ligament is ruptured, the doctor may recommend surgical repair or reconstruction.

If you have pain or a weak joint, call Pacifica Orthopedics or book an appointment online.