What is the difference between a sprain and a strain?

A sprain is a stretching or tearing of ligaments in a joint. Ligaments are tough bands of fibrous tissue that connect two bones together. The most common injury is a sprained ankle. A severe sprain can result in a torn ligament.

A strain is a stretching or tearing of tendon or muscle. A tendon is a fibrous cord of tissue that connects muscles to bones. Strains often occur in the lower back and in the hamstring muscle in the back of the thigh.


What is bursitis?

Bursitis happens when the bursae, fluid-filled sacs that act as a cushion between bones, tendons, joints, and muscles, become inflamed. 

Bursitis commonly occurs in the shoulders, elbows, ankles, knees, buttocks, hips, and tighs. When it affects the elbow, it is called tennis elbow.

Bursitis is a painful condition that can restrict movement. Symptoms usually include pain that increases with movement or pressure, tenderness, swelling, and loss of movement.

If you have sharp, shooting pains for more than 2 weeks with excessive swelling, bruising, rash or redness in the affected region, you should seek immediate medical care.


When should you seek emergency care for elbow pain?

You should seek emergency care for elbow pain If 

  • The pain doesn’t go away with rest, ice, compression, and elevation.
  • The pain is intense, and you have swelling and bruising around your elbow.
  • The pain, swelling or redness gets worse.
  • You have developed a fever.
  • You have problems using your elbow, such as bending your arm.

These could all be signs of a fractured or dislocated elbow.


What are the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome?

The symptoms associated with carpal tunnel syndrome usually include a burning, tingling, itching or numbness sensation in the palm of the hand and thumb or index and middle fingers.

At night time you may feel like your fingers are falling asleep and becoming numb. This happens because you are most relaxed during sleep. When you wake up in the morning, the tingling and numbness sensations in your hand may travel up your forearm to your shoulder.

With carpal tunnel syndrome, symptoms at first may come and go, but over time they tend to occur more often and become worse. Some people may start to feel like their fingers are swollen when they aren’t or they may have intermittent “shocks” in their thumb and fingers.

Over time, carpal tunnel syndrome can also affect your grip and ability to pinch causing you to

  • Drop things more often due to numbness or weakened muscles
  • Have a hard time working with small objects, like the buttons on your shirt
  • Have difficulty making a fist

In severe cases, you may be losing muscle at the base of your thumb or finding it difficult to tell hot from cold by touch.

To learn more, check out our page on Carpal Tunnel.


What causes heel pain?

Heel pain is usually the result of repetitive stress and pounding of the heel. Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of pain under the heel, and Achilles tendonitis is a common cause of pain behind the heel. Other causes may include arthritis, infection, an autoimmune problem, trauma, or a neurological problem.


When is knee pain considered an emergency?

Knee pain may be considered an emergency if you can’t put weight on your knee, feel sick, or have a fever, or if your knee is red and hot. You may have a fracture or infection. Other symptoms that demand emergency evaluation:

  • Unbearable pain
  • Pain that does not improve with rest
  • Pain that wakes you
  • Drainage
  • Large Wounds
  • Puncture Wounds
  • Swelling, if you are on a blood thinner or have a bleeding disorder

To learn more, check out our page on Knee Injuries.


Do you have to pay a co-pay at the time of your visit?

Yes, you must pay your co-pay at the time of your visit.


Is your visit to Go To Ortho covered by insurance?

Yes, we accept most major providers, and can also treat patients both in-network and out-of-network.


Can you get an MRI at Go To Ortho?

No, but we do perform X-rays and casting on-site.


Can you be treated at Go To Ortho if you have been in a car accident?

Yes, however, if your injuries are life-threatening, call 911.