Differences Between Sprains and Strains
Strains and sprains are often thrown under the same umbrella – and there's a good reason for that. They are similar injuries and often happen while playing sports. However, there are some differences between the two that are important to know. Fortunately, our team at Lower Cape Chiropractic in Orleans can help you recover from both. Let's take a look below at what exactly these two injuries are and how we can help.
Strains vs. Sprains
Both strains and sprains are soft tissue injuries that typically occur due to overexertion, overstretching, or tearing of those tissues. However, a sprain occurs when this happens to a ligament – usually in the ankle, knee, wrist, or finger.
Most people sustain a sprain when they fall, such as when they try to catch themselves. Athletes often sustain them when they jump and land in an odd way, forcing the joint into an unnatural position. This causes the ligament to extend beyond its normal range of motion. Sprains are a very common target in sports injury treatment, but you don't have to be an athlete to sustain one. They can happen if you accidentally fall in your yard or step on your kid's toy in the middle of the night.
Strains occur in the tendons, muscles, or sometimes both. They are most common in the back, hamstring, and shoulder. Most people sustain strains from overusing these areas, which can tear the muscle. Think, for instance, about packing your belongings to move to another home. Your body is not normally exposed to that level of lifting and moving, so it's not unusual that you might tear a muscle in your back in the process.
How Can a Chiropractor Help?
Sprains and strains can be debilitating and typically need more than just rest to recover from. Chiropractors utilize several techniques to enhance and ensure full recovery. Some of these techniques include:
• Adjustments to the spine and extremities, depending on the location of the injury
• Soft tissue therapy, including massage therapy
• Therapeutic exercise to stretch and strengthen the injured area
• Cold laser therapy helps fight inflammation and stimulate healing at a cellular level
These are just a few of the techniques used, but your specific treatment plan will depend on you. Whether you need sports injury treatment or you injured yourself at home or work, your treatment will be catered to your precise needs and lifestyle factors.
Find Healing with Our Chiropractor in Orleans, MA
If you've sustained a sprain or strain, let our team help you achieve the healing you deserve. Schedule an appointment at Lower Cape Chiropractic by calling (508) 255-5866 today.