Ligament sprains and muscle strains are similar injuries, but they’re not exactly the same.
A SPRAIN = ligament injury
A STRAIN = Muscle or tendon injury.

The cause to both these injuries is typically the same; the affected tissues are stretched too far.
Sprains and strains occur mostly due to athletic activity, but they can occur from everyday accidents or repetitive use as well. Pain, limited motion, and swelling are common symptoms. It is important to seek proper medical care after any traumatic injury to have the severity of the sprain or strain be evaluated. Severe tears will need to be treated with surgery before other routes such as chiropractic or acupuncture can have much effect.

Do you have a long history of sprains and strains? The ankle is the most common area for these conditions. Repetitive or chronic ankles sprains and strains can lead to not only weak ankles susceptible to injury, but to shin splints, knee pain, hip pain, plantar fasciitis, and low back pain to name a few. Often, especially in our youth, we do not realize these minor injuries over time, if left untreated, can cause major pain, injury, and stress in later years.

Treatment of Sprain/Strain

At Natural Balance Wellness Center different techniques are used to heal the sprains and strains. The chiropractors here use chiropractic adjustments to relieve the pinched nerve pressure that often accompanies these injuries, leading to at least some instant pain relief. Massaging during treatment will also break up adhesions and scar tissue around the affected area, which will allow the body to heal itself faster. Therapy modalities such as ice packs, exercises, and stretches are utilized to ensure normal use of the muscle occurs. Common sprains and strains, including neck whiplash, back, ankles, wrists, and fingers can be healed and often become stronger through chiropractic treatment.

Through careful and expert manipulation of the joints, a chiropractor can increase your mobility, not only speeding up healing of sprains and strains, but also helping to prevent them in the future.