The Four Degrees of Sprain Injuries
As finely crafted and resilient as the human body is, when it subjected to significant strain through overuse or accidents, lasting injuries can be the result. People usually have a fairly easy time determining the extent of such injuries, such as broken bones. However, there is a tendency to underestimate the severity of sprain injuries because of misconceptions about what they involve.
While some sprains are fairly minor and may only require rest and icing, others can be so severe that they require surgical treatment. If you have suffered a sprain in the workplace, then you may be able to pursue workers’ compensation benefits. Contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600 to gain the help of a skilled and experienced ally.
Suffering by Degree
There are four different degrees of sprains, determined loosely as follows:
- First degree: Results in a very minor injury to a ligament, causing minimal pain and no swelling
- Second degree: A small tear in the ligament which triggers more pain and some localized swelling
- Third degree: Complete rupture of the injured ligament which may result in severe pain and significant swelling
- Fourth degree: Ligament and bone are separated with extreme pain and swelling; surgery is necessary for repair
There are many different possible causes of a sprain injury in the workplace. Although physically intensive labor may be more likely to result in a sprain, a misstep on a stair, awkward movement out of a chair, or other accident can occur even in the comparatively less demanding confines of an office.
Our firm is committed to helping injured Iowan workers. Contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600.