How do Strains or Sprains Happen?
Strains and sprains happen throughout the body when connective tissues are over extended or over exerted. These types of injuries can occur in many places such as the neck, shoulders, back and throughout the legs.
When lifting objects, posture and form are critical to avoid injury. When the body is not properly balanced and grounded to lift even a light object, pressure is not appropriately disbursed and can be applied to one area more than another, exceeding that connective tissues capacity and causing injury. Improper posture can be caused by lack of spinal support while in sleeping or sitting positions.
What are some Common Types of Strains or Sprains?
Sprained ankles are one of the most common types of sprains we see. While this is a common injury, an ankle sprain can result in severe damage that may require extensive rehabilitation efforts with the help of a specialist. As a rule of thumb, we recommend that you schedule a free consultation to evaluate treatment options.
How Do I know if I have a Strain or Sprain?
In any case of strain or sprain, determining the area and degree of damage as soon as possible will almost always reduce both your discomfort and recovery time. If you’re not sure of how to properly treat and care for a sprain, you should contact one of our specialist before you attempt care at home. In case of severe pain, emergency care is recommended as your injury might be a tear or fracture.
What is Involved in the Treatment of a Strain or Sprain?
Treatment from one of our professionals at Premier Medical typically includes reduction of inflammation and swelling caused by the injury through techniques such as ultrasound, taping and light therapy. Often once this symptom is effectively managed a specialist with extensive experience in joint manipulation will gauge the level of damage. This will allow you to understand the limitations of your injury and avoid further damage during your recovery. During your rehabilitation, we will teach or assist you in various range of motion extension exercises. Later on, this may involve some strengthening exercises that use weight or resistance therapeutic strategies.
Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person due to lifestyle, healthy eating, body type and dedication to the program. No individual result should be seen as typical. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.