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Sprain/Strain Injuries

What is a Sprain/Strain Injury

Sprains and strains injuries are common conditions that share similar signs and symptoms, but involve different parts of your body.

A sprain is a stretching or tearing injury of a ligament, which is the bands of fibrous tissue that connect two bones together. The most common location for a sprain injury is located on the lateral aspect of the ankle. This usually happens when we “twist our ankle” Pain, swelling, and stiffness are the first signs of a sprain injury.

 A strain is a stretching or tearing of muscle or tendon, which is a fibrous cord of tissue that connects muscles to a bone. Strains often occur in the lower back after picking up something heavy and also in the hamstring muscle in the back of your thigh, which happens while running.



What are the Treatment for Sprain/Strain Injuries

Initial treatment for both sprains and strains includes the PRICE technique. This means you need to protect, rest, ice, compression and elevate the injured area. Mild sprains and strains can be successfully treated with chiropractic care. Ice therapies and electric muscle stimulation help clear the inflammation associated with sprain/strain injuries. Kinesio Tape and the Graston technique can help break up the fibrous tissue that causes stiffness and delays the healing process. Exercises will help retrain the muscles while chiropractic adjustments will retrain the joints move the way they were designed to move.

Dr. Gibson at RTP Chiropractic in Morrisville NC is highly trained and skilled to diagnosis sprain and strain injuries. He will develop treatment recommendations as well as home instructions to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. If you have any questions about the treatment options for these types of conditions, don’t hesitate to call the office at anytime.