Joint and Ligament Sprains
Can we help with joint and ligament sprains?
At Avenue Health, our experienced Osteopaths at our Worcester Park, Selsdon and Cheam, Sutton, Surrey clinics successfully treat all types of joint and ligament sprains on a regular basis. Our practitioners treat ligament and joint injuries with a combination of soft tissue techniques, articulation and ultrasound. These techniques quickly reduce inflammation and ease the pain and restore the range of movement of the joint. It is sometimes necessary for the patient to do exercises or stretches prescribed by our practitioner. Timely intervention after a sprain can greatly reduce recovery time and prevent the joint becoming damaged further.
What are joint and ligament sprains?
A joint or ligament sprain is a result of the ligament being overstretched or overused. The most common cause of an overstretched ligament is in a sprained ankle, where the ankle joint has been twisted further than its normal range of movement. Overuse injuries commonly occur in the Achilles tendon and at the elbow (tennis and golfers elbow). Although these are common areas of injury, sprains can happen in almost any joint of the body.
Common symptoms include:
• Pain on movement and weight bearing
• Inflamed and bruised joints
• Burning sensation
• Reduced range of movement
Will pain-relieving drugs help?
Inflammation can be greatly reduced with the use of NSAID (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs), such as ibuprofen, aspirin and paracetamol. Although they can reduce the inflammation caused by your problem, they do not address the underlying problem. They can, in some cases, cause stomach problems, such as acid reflux and constipation.
It is important not to use painkilling drugs before engaging in a physical activity. This is because, without the feedback from your body’s nervous system, it is easy to over-use and further aggravate your condition. However, they are very useful in helping you get a good night’s sleep, which is a vitally important part of your recovery.
If you are already taking medication prescribed by a doctor, you should always ask the advice of a Doctor or Pharmacist before self-medicating, as some painkilling drugs can affect the effectiveness of your medication, and can sometimes be dangerous.