One of the most common injuries we all sustain at some point is a back injury, either a back sprain or a back strain. A sprain is a stretching or tearing of a ligament, and a back strain is an injury to a muscle or tendon, according to ClevelandClinic.org. They can be brought on by many different causes and issues which can, unfortunately, make them difficult to initially diagnose.
It’s very important to get a proper diagnosis when you’re experiencing any discomfort in the back, so you can begin to get appropriate treatment. The difference between a sprain or strain may be subtle enough to you, but they will more than likely require at least slightly different treatments. While many people falsely believe they have to rely on medications or invasive procedures in order to heal and recover from a back sprain, the good news is how many natural and safe treatments can be used to improve the condition of a person recovering from a back sprain or strain.
Chiropractic care, in particular, is one of the most effective treatments for back sprains and strains. Combined with certain healthy habits integrated into your daily routine, chiropractic adjustments can speed up your recovery process and reduce the amount of pain and discomfort you feel.
After the Injury
In the first few hours and days after initially straining your back, you should be using ice and heat therapy on the strain. All you need to do is apply an ice pack to reduce infalmmation, and a heat pack to loosen the muscles and bring pain relief. This same method can work well for a sprain also. In addition to this, make the time to see a chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic nearest you. There, you will be assessed and given a treatment plan that will likely involve a combination of regular adjustments and manipulatons at the clinic combined with simple yet important at-home treatments to prevent your injury from becoming worse, or even from turning into a chronic condition.
Advantages of Chiropractic Care
Recieving spinal adjustments on a regular basis as you recover from your back injury will help reduce pressure on the spinal column, which will make the recovery process that much easier for your body. Adjustments can also bring pain relief and improve mobility and flexibility within the joints and muscles. This is especially important considering how exercise and physical movement is very important for preventing a back sprain or strain from getting worse.
While you shouldn’t necessarily jump right back into lifting heavy weights, you should continue to at least go on a daily walk as you heal from a back sprain so the muscles do not become stiff.
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