Strains and sprains are often seen in the context of sports injuries, but there is a difference between the two. A strain affects a muscle or tendon attached to it that has been stretched or torn. The tears might even be microscopic. A sprain affects a ligament that is attached to the bone. That ligament becomes stretched or torn as well. Strains are typically caused by repetitive motions or overexertion.
Sprains are usually caused by falling or twisting. Both strains and sprains can be caused by trauma. Dr. Gary Martin, Irvine Chiropractor provides effective chiropractic care for patients who have suffered sports injuries like strains and sprains.
Chiropractic Care for Strains and Sprains
Our chiropractor treats the source of the pain and discomfort. We do not treat just the symptoms. We do not prescribe pain relief medication or use surgical procedures. Chiropractic care facilitates faster healing of the injury and strengthens the injured area. This also reduces the likelihood of re-injury. Some of the techniques that we use for relief from joint pain, muscle pain, and personal injuries include:
- Chiropractic Adjustments: Most strains and strains are located at or near the spine, shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees, or ankles. Adjusting the joints into proper alignment promotes faster healing for a variety of injuries.
- Electronic Muscle Stimulation: This form of therapy complements chiropractic care and treatment by enhancing the effects of the joint adjustments.
- Chiropractic Massage: Our chiropractor will carefully stretch the muscles at or near the site of the injury to relax them, increase blood flow, and allow nutrients into the affected area to promote healing. Trigger point therapy may also be used if the muscles are knotted as a result of the strain or sprain.
- Rehabilitation: More serious strains or sprains may require rehabilitation. Strengthening an injured muscle or ligament is an important component of preventing a future injury at the same location.
Contact Dr. Gary Martin, Irvine Chiropractor for Pain Relief
We are here to help you to return to your daily life and recreational or sports activities as soon as possible. Don’t risk making your condition worse by ignoring it. The sooner that you begin treatment for it, the sooner you will recover. Call Dr. Gary Martin, Irvine Chiropractor today at (949) 559-7999 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form to schedule a consultation.