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Welcome to Southwest Minnesota Orthopedics


As a total orthopedic care center, our staff specializes in orthopedic surgery, and the diagnosis and treatment of bones, muscles, nerves, ligaments and tendons.   We're commited to providing excellence in orthopedic care to the communities of Southwest Minnesota.

Please call us today at 507-393-7696 to request an appointment.

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Welcome to Southwest Minnesota Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. We look forward to serving your needs and giving you a pleasant experience.

Please excuse the construction going on around us. You may enter from either Baseline Road or Susan Drive at this time.

Sprains and Strains in the Athlete PDF Print E-mail
Written by SWMO   
Thursday, 26 August 2010 19:12
Sports practices are underway and it seems every season there are a few athletes that get a little banged up. Most of the time injuries are minor and are either a sprain or strain, so it’s time to review the difference between the two and what to do in the event it happens.

A STRAIN is a muscle injury a.k.a. a “pulled muscle”.  This occurs when the muscle is stretched to far or too fast and can result in a tear in the muscle fibers and possibly the supporting tissues. Symptoms include pain, stiffness and a decrease in that muscle’s function. Most of the time a strain will heal within a few days of injury.

A SPRAIN is a stretched or torn ligament (connects bone to bone) caused by extreme bending or twisting of a joint—typically a knee or ankle. Symptoms include immediate pain, swelling and pain with regular use of the joint. 

Treatment for both initially is the same. R.I.C.E. (rest, ice, compression, elevation) assists in reducing swelling and discomfort and should be done for the first couple of days. After that, range of motion and strengthening should take place to get the athlete back on the field, course, or court. 

If you have had a sprain or strain and it is not improving, further medical care may be needed. Dr. Nwakama at Southwest Minnesota Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, Inc. has over 10 years of experience treating athletic injuries in the Marshall Area and features the Alter-G anti-gravity treadmill in his therapy clinic, which has helped numerous athletes recover quickly and get back to playing. Call 507-929-7696 to schedule an appointment if your injury is keeping you from playing.

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Slayton Clinic
2331 20th St
Slayton, MN  56172

Marshall Clinic
1401 Nwakama Street
Marshall, MN 56258

Physical Therapy
1401 Nwakama St
Marshall, MN 56258

Surgery Center
1401 Nwakama St
Marshall, MN 56258