Sprains often occur during physical activities that involve a risk of rolling or twisting.  Ankle sprains, for example, are very common. Symptoms may include pain, swelling, bruising, and being unable to move your joint. Strains, on the other hand, are often caused by twisting or pulling a muscle or tendon. Symptoms can include pain, muscle spasms, swelling, and trouble moving the muscle.

How to Treat Them

Self-care measures for sprains and strains are similar and can be remembered as the R.I.C.E. method – rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Over-the-counter pain relievers can also be beneficial. However, a severe sprain or strain may require medical intervention.

When to Ask for Help

It’s crucial to seek medical attention if you’re unable to move or bear weight on the affected area, if the pain is severe, or if there’s noticeable tenderness over an isolated spot. These could be signs of a broken bone or another serious injury.

Remember, proper treatment of sprains and strains is crucial to ensure a full recovery and avoid long-term complications. Always consult with a healthcare professional such as a physiotherapist or Chiropractor if you’re uncertain about the severity of your injury or the appropriate course of treatment.

 

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