Sprains and Strains in Morganville, NJ
Dr. Sharon Barnum: A & A Chiropractic
Sprains and strains are usually minor injuries that often result from auto accidents, work related injuries, sports, exercise, or other physical activity. Sprains refer to an injury to a ligament (the connective tissue that links bones together at joints). Sprains happen most often in the ankle, knee, elbow, or wrist. Strains are tears in muscle tissue and can affect daily routines. They happen most often in the muscles that support the calf, thigh, groin, and shoulder.
When you visit a chiropractor to recover from a sprain or strain, they will assess your injury and develop a treatment plan. The goal of treatment is to always return the patient to their previous level of function before the injury occurred. There are three grades of sprains and strains: mild, moderate or severe. These injuries can range from a slight tearing of the muscle to a complete tear of the ligament. Depending on the grade of injury, additional treatment may be necessary.
Common signs of a sprain or strain:
- Limited mobility
- Muscle spasms
How chiropractic care can help:
Gentle manipulation helps relieve pain and ensures the injury heals properly, reducing the time it takes for you to resume your active lifestyle. Treatment methods such as soft tissue massage, stretches and exercises, cold and heat therapy and physical rehabilitation can help relieve pain effectively.