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