For those people that haven’t experienced ligament sprains and ankle strain would know how serious and painful this is. These sprains and strains occur due to the simple faux pas and often is caused by daily physical activities. Sprains are defined as partial structural damage in the fibers of a ligament.
Not many people are able to distinguish between an ankle twist and dislocation and tear. Dislocation is the most severe condition which separates the bones and might tear up the muscle tissue.
On the other hand, the severity of sprains depends on the severity of the injury. For example if you sprain your ankle, elbows, thumb, wrists, knees, shoulders, or neck you will experience severe pain. This is considered to be third degree sprains which require medical attention. The first symptoms of a sprain in the fact that you could move around or stand.
In fact, these injuries are very difficult to treat and require long period of time for healing process. You should keep the area cold in order to prevent further damage and swelling. If you use ice cubes make sure that you put them in a cloth before you apply it on the skin. Make sure that you repeat this process 3 times per day for best results.
Also, bandages, splints and plaster could be used for treatment of sprain. Physicians often prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs in order to solve the issue very fast. It is important that during this phase of recovery you rest a lot and if you need you should use crutches. Also avoid doing physical activities during the recovery process.
Here are some exercises that you could use to treat sprains or strains in order to reduce pain and inflammation:
- Joint movements
You should move the ankle around in all directions. This is important because you should stretch the ankle in order to improve the mobility of the joint
You should lie down on the side and stretch the legs with a rubber band between the ankles. Make sure that you stretch as much as you can and hold this position for few minutes. Rest few second and repeat.
- Ball exercises
You should rest the injured foot on a tennis ball. Apply pressure with this leg on the ball.
As you can see, these exercises are very simple but extremely effective. Make sure that you do them regularly in order to speed up the process of recovery.