Chiropractic Treatment For Sprains and Strains

Sprains and Strains usually are mild injuries that frequently result from work-related injuries, car accidents, sports, exercise, or alternative physical action. They occur most frequently in the muscles that support the shoulder, thigh, crotch, and the calf. Occasionally strains and sprains may be serious, resulting in weeks of rehabilitation.

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  • Soreness, stiffness or tenderness of muscles
  • Swelling


  • Pain during the period of injury
  • Swelling
  • Bruising

In the event the damage is serious, including a muscle or ligament tear, you might have joint imbalance or impairment.

Sprains have a tendency to occur with surprising, unexpected moves (a tumble or a twist). Sprains often occur during tasks that require muscle tissue to extend and carry weight. Some evidence indicates that having small flexibility or being injured leads to strains. In the event that you are doing the following you might be in danger to get a sprain or strain:

  • Have been in a car accident.
  • Without warming up correctly before exercise.
  • Use of athletic gear that will not fit correctly.
  • Participate in actions and sports that you're not conditioned for.
  • Have previously been injured on the job.


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Your doctor may advise that you simply treat the injury with RICE.
The definition of RICE refers to:

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression
  • Elevation of the injured area

Ice reduces inflammation, bleeding, as well as pain. It might also reduce secondary injury to the rest of the joint.


A lot of people who see chiropractors do so for strain and sprain injuries. For sprains and strains, for example using ice, heat, ultrasound, electric muscle stimulation, laser, and trigger-point treatment, other treatments are used by chiropractors as well as joint manipulation. Chiropractors could also recommend strengthening and stretching exercises to help to heal. One study found that a balance training course reduced the chance of ankle sprains among basketball players and high school football players.

In a study of people who have ankle sprains, researchers compared chiropractic manipulation with that of anti-inflammatory drugs. It was discovered that chiropractic was more powerful compared to the drug in enhancing the range of movement.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Barak Meraz in Fort Lauderdale call (954) 350-0077 or in Plantation, call (954) 371-2170.