Sprain & Strain Treatment in Charlotte, NC
For those without experience in the field of medicine, it can be difficult to distinguish one type of injury from another. For instance, how can you tell the difference between a muscle strain and a muscle sprain?
Such a diagnosis requires a bit of background information, which is why we are about to explain some of the most common types of injuries and how to differentiate them from one another.
What is a Sprain?
A sprain refers to an injury of a particular joint, such as a knee sprain or an elbow sprain. These sprains occur when a ligament (the tissues that connect different bones within the body) are overstretched. Sprains can range between being very mild to severe.
Mild sprains require little more than adequate rest and routine icing, but more serious sprains can leave the joint unstable and prone to an even worse injury. In extreme cases, the ligaments of the joint may even tear completely away from the bone.
All sprain cases will result in similar symptoms, including:
- Pain near the joint
What is a Strain?
A strain is very similar to a sprain, but instead of dealing with ligaments, a strain affects the tendons. These tendons help to connect muscle to nearby bones, and when stretched or torn can cause a significant amount of pain.
Again, strains follow the same basic principles of sprains in the sense that they are generally less severe injuries that lead to moderate pain but a relatively speedy recovery when treated properly.
Most people will experience muscle spasms and muscle weakness after suffering a strain. In addition to these, you can also expect some swelling, cramping, and pain to radiate from the area of the strain.
Seeking Treatment at Keith Clinic
In general, if you notice constant pain, even if it is dull, lasting longer than 1-2 days, you should seek medical attention. A sprain or strain may not immediately cause a lot of pain, but they can all too easily lead to future health complications or increased likelihood of a more severe injury.
To speak with a chiropractor at Keith Clinic about a potential sprain or strain, please contact our office today to request an appointment.