Sprain And Strain

Did you know the most common injuries that impact the muscles and ligaments in the body is a sprain or strain? These both often happen most for people that are involved in sports activities, especially those requiring the individuals to run or move at different interval speeds. In addition to this, an individual may experience a sprain or strain from falling awkwardly. Let’s explore both of these conditions and how to treat them.

Sprain

At the core, a sprain happens when an individual twists, tears, or overstretches the ligaments. To do this, an individual would need to exert enough force on a joint to cause the twist or tear to occur. If you did not know, a ligament is essentially the band that connects the joints and bones in the human body. In most cases that we see, sprains happen to impact the waist, knees, thumbs, and ankles; however, they can happen in different locations.

Symptoms of a sprain may include pain, bruising, or even swelling of the targeted area. Typically, individuals know that something is wrong when they can no longer put pressure on the joint. The swelling around the injured area may not occur right away either, which is important to know. Bruising, on the other hand, can appear around or away from the area, depending upon how the blood is flowing.

Strain

Unlike a sprain, a strain happens when an individual overstretches or tears the fibers in a muscle. This typically happens when someone quickly contracts their muscle or tries to perform a stretch beyond the muscle’s limits. In most cases that we see, strains happen in either the back or the leg. Now, if you are wondering if you have a strain, the most common symptoms are pain, bruising, or swelling around the area. In some cases, patients have complained of muscle spasms.

When To Seek Treatment

Given the nature of these conditions, they can be treated at-home with home remedies. However, in some cases, when the pain is too severe, it’s highly advised to see a professional. At the same time, when the joint or muscles are unable to function as normal, or it’s too painful to put weight on, it’s advised to visit a doctor as well. Now, if the symptoms do not disappear after a few days after at-home treatments, again, visiting a doctor is advised. In rare cases, there may be a bigger problem, like a fracture.

Treatment

At Botti Chiropractic & Wellness, we offer an assortment of treatment options for both strains and sprains. We only use highly effective methods that are also conservative and non-invasive. Our goal and mission are to provide the solutions our patients are seeking that will eliminate the pain, without any of the major side effects. Some treatment options that we can use are ultrasounds, kineseiotaping, or even cold lasers. All of these treatment ideas can help to reduce/manage the pain while also quickly reducing inflammation and improving blood circulation. Additionally, by using these treatment ideas, we can help your body on a path towards natural healing. Please note, our team of experts only use evidence-based physical therapy methods when it comes to rehabilitation. 

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms for a prolonged period of time, or if the pain is extreme, give us a call today. Book an appointment and allow our team of experts to help out! 

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