What Is A Sprain / Strain?
Sprains and strains are a common issue we treat at Life Health Medical Center. Some patients have minor strains or sprains, but others have severe sprains and strains. When a patient suffers from a strain, it means there is an injury related to the ligament. Sprains are common within the knee, elbow, wrist, and ankles. A strain is a tear in the muscle tissue. Strains happen most in the muscles that support the shoulder, groin, thigh, and calf. When you are dealing with a strain, you will feel muscle stiffness, tenderness, and soreness. Sprains cause swelling, bruising, and pain at the time of the injury. Visiting our Salt Lake Medical Center will help you understand the extent of your injury and find the best treatments.
How do Strains and Sprains Occur?
Sprains normally occur when a twisting force is applied to a joint when it has weight upon it. Sprains happen when there is sudden, unexpected movement applied to the muscle. Muscle strains can occur during activities that are particularly athletic. Muscle strains are frequent when patients do not stretch before or after activity. Warming up is one of the most important things you can do to reduce the risk of strains.
Strain and Sprain Treatment
Many people recommend the RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Evaluation) method when they have a strain or sprain. While the RICE method works well for some patients, it is not always the best treatment for others. Coming into our Salt Lake Medical Center is the ideal way to make sure you are getting the best treatment for strains and sprains. Ice is beneficial for swelling and inflammation, and does a great deal to reduce pain. Joint manipulation helps to reduce inflammation and aids in improving the healing process. For more information about strains and sprains, contact Life Health Medical Center today.