Sprains 2018-07-12T18:56:09+00:00

What to do when you have a Sprain

What is a Sprain?

A sprain, also called a torn ligament, is damage to one or more ligaments in a joint, frequently caused by trauma or the joint being taken beyond its functional scope of motion.

The seriousness of a sprain ranges from minor injury which resolves in a couple of days to a severe rupture of one or more ligaments requiring surgery and a period of immobilization.

Sprains can happen in any joint however the most common is in the ankle and wrist.

The areas of your body that are most prone to sprains are your ankles, knees, and wrists. A sprained ankle can happen when your foot turns inward, putting intense tension on the ligaments of your outer ankle. A sprained knee can be the result of a sudden twist, and a wrist sprain can happen while falling on an outstretched hand.

What is a Sprain?

A sprain, also called a torn ligament, is damage to one or more ligaments in a joint, frequently caused by trauma or the joint being taken beyond its functional scope of motion.

The seriousness of a sprain ranges from minor injury which resolves in a couple of days to a severe rupture of one or more ligaments requiring surgery and a period of immobilization.

Sprains can happen in any joint however the most common is in the ankle and wrist.

The areas of your body that are most prone to sprains are your ankles, knees, and wrists. A sprained ankle can happen when your foot turns inward, putting intense tension on the ligaments of your outer ankle. A sprained knee can be the result of a sudden twist, and a wrist sprain can happen while falling on an outstretched hand.

Sprains are categorized according to severity:

Grade 1 sprain (mild): characterized by slight stretch and some damage to ligament’s fiber (fibrils).

Grade 2 sprain (moderate): In this case, the ligament is partially torn and there is laxity in the joint when it is moved in certain ways.

Grade 3 sprain (severe): The ligament is completely torn. This causes critical instability and makes the joint non-functional.

How can I prevent Sprain?

Sprains usually happen when people suddenly increase the extent, intensity, or frequency of their activities. Sprains can be prevented through proper warm-up, training, and equipment. Other prevention tips include:

  • Warming up before playing sports or exercising, as well as adding stretching exercises to your daily routine.
  • It is important to wear shoes that fit you well. If your shoes are worn or do not fit, replace them.
  • Start slowly and gently with your new fitness program. Do a conditioning workout to build muscle strength.
  • Avoid running on uneven surfaces.
  • When tired or in pain, don’t exercise or play sports.
  • Eat a balanced diet for muscle and joint health
  • Wear proper protective equipment for sports

What should I do if I have a sprain?

Consult your doctor: It’s always good to get a strain or sprain checked out, especially if you think it may be a second or third grade injury. Mild sprains may not need medical attention, unless the symptoms persist after 2 or 3 days.

While the severity of sprains vary, pain, bruising, swelling, and inflammation are common to all three categories of sprains. Treatment for mild sprains includes PRICE formula (Protect, Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevate) and sometimes physical therapy treatments. Moderate sprains usually need a period of bracing. The most severe sprains may need surgery to repair torn ligaments.

Take Pain relievers:

Over-the-counter oral pain relievers such as NSAIDs can help with the pain after a strain or sprain. However, you need to consult with your doctor before taking them especially if you have kidney problems or taking blood-thinning medications, to avoid adverse effects.

As well as oral medications, some pain relievers and anti-inflammatories are available in creams and gels that can be applied directly to the area. Because of the convenience and quick relief many are choosing pain relief creams over oral medications. Aside from the quick relief it has minimal to zero side effects unlike oral medications that can often have side effects and need to travel in your bloodstream before taking effect.

In choosing a topical cream for sprains it must have selected fine ingredients that can help relieve the pain and inflammation and improve the recovery process.

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Aside from their analgesic properties, the active ingredients of Terrafreeze™ also act as vasodilators.  When applied to the affected area it causes blood vessels to extend, which increases blood circulation in the area. This brings additional nutrients to the area and can help with cellular repair. Blood brings in new nutrients to repair the area and carries away toxic waste generated. Recuperating happens a lot faster because of this.***

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