A strain is an injury of either a muscle or a tendon, and a sprain is an injury of a ligament of a joint. Strain and sprain are normally caused by twisting, stretching, traumas or sports injuries. The principles of RICE (rest, icing, compression and elevation) can relieve the discomforts, and medications such non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can reduce the symptoms.
A strain is an injury of the muscles or tendons which happens when they are overstretched. A torn muscle fibre occurs when the muscle is overstretched in a way that single muscle fibres tear and bleed. A sprain is an injury of the ligaments which happens when a joint is twisted and the ligaments get stretched. If the ligaments are overstretched in a way that they tear, it is called a torn ligament. A sprain often affects the joints in the fingers, wrists, ankles, knees, and toes.
Strain: The causes of a strain include heavy pulling forces on tendons or muscles, such as overstretching the muscles or other injuries that damages the muscles or tendons. Sometimes lifting too heavy objects can also result in a strain. Strains can occur in every muscle and tendon. However, the muscle of the back, arms and thighs are the most commonly affected areas. People with a strain can experience symptoms such as muscular pain, swelling, limitation of movement and even muscle spasms. If a muscle or tendon is torn, a subcutaneous bleeding is typically visible. Sprain: The causes of sprain include twisting, falling, or other sports injuries, which can distort a joint and damage the ligaments. It often occurs in joints such as the wrists, ankles, or knees. People with a sprain may experience symptoms such as pain of the joints, swelling, and limited movement of joints. If a ligament is torn, it typically leads to local subcutaneous bleeding and in addition to long-lasting instability in the joint.
It is important to follow the principles of RICE, which refers to rest, icing, compression and elevation. These principles can help to relieve the discomfort and accelerate the healing process. In addition, medications such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can reduce the symptoms of pain and inflammation. After the treatment, physical therapy can help people regain muscle power and stability in the joint, and rehabilitate the affected area. If a torn ligament leads to permanent instability, surgery may be considered in order to stabilize the joint.
Several years of work in academia, medical practice and finally commercialization make it possible to provide an end-to-end process to help users to “find the appropriate medical help based on their present symptoms”. Below you will find a short explanation, showing you which part of the platform will help you best in finding the appropriate medical support.
Proceed as follows to enter your current symptoms.
Click on the appropriate body part on the picture. Select one/multiple symptoms corresponding to your complaint.
You can also add symptoms by typing your medical complaint in the search box and selecting the best matching suggestion.
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Once you have selected all applicable symptoms, click the “analyze disease pattern”-button.
Accordingly, you will get a list of possible diseases and matching doctor categories who can further help you.
You can inform yourself about the possible diseases by reading the related information. But you can also return to the previous step and add more symptoms or delete already added ones to further narrow down your disease pattern.
Click on the desired doctor category to find a doctor who can help you.
If you are logged in with your profile, you will be displayed the appropriate doctors in your area. Otherwise you can enter an address in the “address” field and you will be displayed a doctor’s list around that specified address.
You will receive further information about the displayed doctors when you press on “details”.
Online bookable doctors in your area will be indicated with the notation “Book appointment” or “Book externally”, additionally they will be displayed on top of the list for your convenience.
Click on “Book appointment” to start the online appointment booking process with the desired doctor.
Please select an available appointment. “Green“ appointments are booked directly. “Red“ appointments need to be confirmed by the doctor.
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Enter your present medical symptoms.
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