A sprained joint is a common – if painful – problem. Ankle sprains alone account for some 2 million sprains in this country each year. But whether you have an ankle sprain, wrist sprain, or another painful joint sprain, there are several steps you can take to ease your symptoms and promote thorough healing, including chiropractic care here at Moore Chiropractic Center.
The first thing to understand is the difference between strains and sprains. A strain is what we call it when you tear or stretch either a muscle or a tendon (the connective tissue that connects a muscle to a bone). A sprain is a stretching or tearing of a ligament, the connective tissue that spans two bones. Both types of injuries may cause pain, swelling, and stiffness in the affected joint. But with a sprain, you may also feel the joint “pop” or “give,” and you may develop bruising as well.
The first step in treating either injury is the first aid protocol known as R.I.C.E: rest, ice, compression and elevation. But while you can self-administer this care, a severe ankle sprain that makes walking impossible should receive X-rays to make certain you haven’t fractured a bone. We can make this determination here in our Austin office during normal business hours.
It’s best to hold off on therapies such as chiropractic care during the acute stage of your sprain. Once the swelling and bruising has subsided, Dr. Moore can perform gentle adjustments to optimize the positions of your joint components. She can also recommend other therapies, medical aids, exercises, or home care practices to aid your rehabilitation process so you can regain strength and flexibility in the joint. Dr. Moore can even evaluate chronic pain and stiffness caused by old, improperly-healed sprains. Contact our office to learn more!