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Sprain – Elbow, wrist & hand


Sprain is an injury to a ligament that may present in small or larger tears or stretching of the fibers

Causes: A ligament sprain can be caused by a trauma or accident, overextension of the ligament or severely stressing the joint. Strains can be either acute or chronic.

Symptoms: Signs and symptoms can vary depending on the mechanism of injury, or if it is an acute sprain versus a chronic strain. However, common symptoms include pain, swelling, bruising, muscle spasms and limited range of motion. Some people may also hear or feel a “pop” around the joint.

Examples: Ankle sprain, Meniscus sprain, Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) sprain, Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) sprain, Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) sprain, Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) sprain.

How our experts can help: Depending on the findings of the history and patient examination, the chiropractor may recommend patient re-assurance, manual therapies, modalities and lifestyle recommendations including rehabilitation. However, the plan of management will be individualized to the patients’ needs and examination findings. The treatment options may include:

  • Patient education & re-assurance
  • Manipulation or mobilization of related joints if dysfunction present
  • Soft tissue therapy
  • Modalities including electrical stimulation, acupuncture, ultrasound and others
  • Rehabilitation and exercises
  • Ergonomic & lifestyle changes
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