Relief from the Pain of Sprains & Strains
Although bones can sometimes be fractured with acute sports injuries, the most commonly injured structures are the muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Tendons attach muscles to bones, and ligaments attach one bone to another.
An acute twisting or over-extension of a joint can lead to tears of muscles and tendons, called “strains,” and tears of ligaments result in “sprains.” These tears range from mild to severe. In mild injuries, just a few fibers are torn or stretched. Severe injuries, where there is a tear through the full thickness of the structure, are most often considered unstable injuries and frequently require surgical intervention. The inter-vertebral disc, a ligament between the vertebrae of the spine that works as a shock absorber, can also be torn, resulting in a disc bulge and/or herniation.
The treatment goals during the initial swelling phase are to use ice and allow rest and support of the injured area. Next, we’ll work on range of motion through stretching and adjustments. Once the joints are moving with more ease, swelling and pain can drastically decrease.
Chiropractic adjustments and specific stretching help you get stronger and prevent re-injury. We’ll discuss exercises that are specifically for you and your particular injury and needs. We’re qualified to help guide you through the process of selecting exercises.
Still have questions about our treatment for sprains and strains? Contact us today — we’re looking forward to talking with you.