It can be hard to isolate and identify the source of your pain. This is especially true when it comes to joint pain from sprains or strains. While these two conditions sound similar, and their symptoms can be similar, there are important differences between the two.
Sprains vs. Strains
Joint sprains are caused by overstretching ligaments. Ligaments are bands of tissue that connect two bones of a joint. A severe sprain may result in a tear in the ligament. Sprains are common in ankles or wrists, but can happen anywhere in any ligament.
With a strain, it's the muscles or tendons that overstretch or tear. Strains are common in areas such as the hamstrings or the lower back.
Both sprains and strains have symptoms that include joint pain, swelling, reduced flexibility, and reduced range of motion. With a sprain, there is more likely to be bruising, and strains are more likely to be accompanied by muscle spasms.
Causes of Sprains and Strains
Sprains and strains can be caused by many things, from sports to just moving wrong. Typical causes of sprains and strains include sports and exercise injuries, falls, repetitive motions, overexertion, and car accidents. At MiSpine Management Clinic, we carefully assess each patient to determine the reason for his or her injury in order to provide the best possible treatment.
How Chiropractic Care Can Help
If you are experiencing discomfort from a sprain or strain it helps to know that you can work with our chiropractor at Mi Spine in order to heal and even strengthen the affected area.
Not only do we provide standard chiropractic adjustments, but we also provide treatments including corrective exercise, cold laser therapy, and other options that speed healing as well. In many cases, heeding a bit of lifestyle and nutrition advice can also make a big difference when it comes to speeding recovery and strengthening muscles to prevent future injuries. Even if you aren't active, reworking your workspace with the proper ergonomics in mind can make a big difference.
Chiropractic treatments go beyond back and neck pain. If you are experiencing discomfort from a specific injury or ongoing pain, there is a good chance that we can help. To learn more or to schedule an appointment for an assessment, contact us at Mi Spine Management Clinic in Dearborn Heights and Allen Park, MI at 303-406-240.