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Home Remedies for Sprains & Strains

Published: 2009-02-20 - Updated: 2016-09-24
Author: Disabled World | Contact: Disabled World

Synopsis: Pain relief using home remedies for sprains and strains caused due to stretching or tearing of ligaments.

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Pain relief using home remedies for sprains and strains caused due to stretching or tearing of ligaments resulting in restriction of your movement. The prime reason for a strain injury is the sudden change of direction or due to a collision. The common parts affected are the neck, ankles, wrists and knees.


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Pain relief using home remedies for sprains and strains caused due to stretching or tearing of ligaments resulting in restriction of your movement.

The prime reason for a strain injury is the sudden change of direction or due to a collision. The common parts affected are the neck, ankles, wrists and knees.

A sprain is the tearing and stretching of the muscles. This happens due to contraction or stretching of muscles. But this can turn into a chronic strain if the muscles are overworked. We usually term this occurrence as pulling of the muscle. Some of the common places of strains are hamstring and back.

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Home Remedies for Sprains and Strains

Some sprains require splinting or casting and only your doctor can determine this. Higher grade sprains require more extensive treatment and take longer to heal. With a Grade 1 sprain you may only need rest and ice packs to help the swelling and an over-the-counter pain reliever such as Aspirin. However, failure to get the proper diagnosis and treatment in the beginning can cause many unpleasant and expensive problems further down the road.

If you have a Grade 2 sprain, your doctor may recommend that you wear an ankle brace until the sprain heals and use crutches for a short time.

In the case of a severe sprain, your ankle joint may be unstable. If this is the case you may require a cast to immobilize the joint until it heals. You may also be referred to a orthopedic specialist for further evaluation.

Even after you return to normal activity your doctor may recommend an ankle brace to support the ankle and protect it from re-injury.

As with any injury, recovery time will depend on the seriousness of the sprain. Regardless of the severity, you can speed up the healing process by staying off your ankle and resting it as much as possible. No matter what the grade of injury, unless it is splinted or casted, your doctor will probably tell you to apply ice packs to relieve swelling and pain.

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Cite Page: Journal: Disabled World. Language: English (U.S.). Author: Disabled World. Electronic Publication Date: 2009-02-20 - Revised: 2016-09-24. Title: Home Remedies for Sprains & Strains, Source: <a href=https://www.disabled-world.com/medical/alternative/homeremedies/sprains-strains-remedy.php>Home Remedies for Sprains & Strains</a>. Retrieved 2021-07-30, from https://www.disabled-world.com/medical/alternative/homeremedies/sprains-strains-remedy.php - Reference: DW#156-855.