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Treating a Common Sports Injury

Sprains, which occur when the soft tissue around joints is pulled or torn, are some of the most common sports injuries diagnosed by Paul Guttuso, M.D., family and sports medicine physician on the medical staff at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman.

According to Dr. Guttuso, a sprain can occur slowly or over time, and the best way to diagnose one is by obtaining a thorough medical history of the patient and performing a physical exam. On rare occasions, X-ray or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may be needed to confirm the diagnosis or rule out another problem.

“Once a sprain is diagnosed, resting the affected area and performing mobility and strengthening exercises under the guidance of an athletic trainer, physical therapist or occupational therapist is the primary path to healing,” Dr. Guttuso says. “Some new forms of injection also are gaining promise in speeding up the healing process.” (Summer 2010)

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