sprain-and-strain-2One reason many people don’t search for a chiropractor in Austin is that they might not actively be suffering from back, neck or other spine-related pain, such as sciatica.

While it’s true that chiropractors specialize in treating these sorts of problem, the fact is that they are only the beginning of the long list of conditions we treat.

It might surprise you to learn, for example, that chiropractic treatment can help ease the pain of sprains and strains. Allow me to explain how this works.

What is a Sprain or Strain?

Strains are defined by tenderness, soreness or stiffness of a muscle at any time, while sprains tend to involve pain at the time an injury occurs. Both can be characterized by painful swelling, while sprains often involve bruising as well.

The causes of sprains and strains tend to be more similar than their symptoms, and including exercise without a proper warmup, the use of improperly-fitting athletic equipment and overusing muscles that are already tired from workouts and activities.

Traditional Sprain and Strain Treatment

Traditionally, doctors treat sprains and strains using RICE, and I’m not talking about the grain, as healthy as it can be. Many sprains and sprains can heal with a combination of:

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression
  • and Elevation

Chiropractic Treatment for Sprains and Strains

When RICE is not enough to fully remedy a sprain or strain, chiropractic treatment is another option at your disposal. Just as we would do to your spine for neck and back injuries, we can manipulate the joint nearest to your sprain or strain, getting to the source of the problem itself.