Sprains and strains are injuries to the body’s connective tissues. More specifically, a sprain is an injury that affects the ligaments, and a strain is an injury that affects the muscles. Their symptoms are similar, with both potentially causing pain and swelling. However, strains are more likely to cause muscle stiffness or tenderness, whereas a sprain is more likely to result in bruising.
Usually, sprains and strains occur when a twisting or weight-bearing force causes the ligaments or muscles to stretch beyond what they can bear. Most sprains and strains are relatively minor and frequently occur in the ankles, calves, thighs, groins, shoulders, elbows and wrists. However, a minority of sprains and strains prove to be serious, requiring several weeks or months of treatment.
Chiropractic Treatment for Sprains and Strains
Chiropractic treatment can help facilitate healing for moderate to severe sprains and strains. Patients who undergo chiropractic treatment for sprains and strains return to work faster on average than those who undergo treatment from a traditional physician. Therapeutic chiropractic treatment is based on the principle that the body is capable of healing itself when empowered to do so.
At our office, we treat patient sprains and strains using various stretches, exercises, physiotherapy and even muscle stimulation. We also recommend that patients adopt an ongoing regimen of regular chiropractic adjustments, stretching, and pre-exercise warm ups to prevent future injuries from occurring. If you have suffered an injury that you believe to be a sprain or strain, we invite you to contact us today to schedule a chiropractic consultation.
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