Muscle strain & inflammation

An injury to a ligament caused by fibre tears constitutes a sprain. This can be a partial tear, or be completely torn. The most common sprains include that of the knees, ankles and wrists. Usually, a sprain, also known as a torn ligament, is caused when a joint is taken beyond its functional range of motion.

HOW HERBAL ICEMAN CAN HELP SPRAINS

Herbal Iceman is considered the best anti-inflammatory gel, which is packed with soothing ingredients to give your body an instant boost post-workout. The muscle sprain pain remedy offers the healing properties of Arnica and Echinacea to relieve aches and pains when applied topically. Simply massage the anti-inflammatory gel onto the sprained region and experience quick relief of muscular and joint pain. The next time you are off to the sports field, cycle track or gym, make sure you use Herbal Iceman after your workout, to help your sore muscles recover quicker from any exertion, aches and sprains. Our effective anti-inflammatory gel allows you to continue toning that fabulous shape and remain active. Soft-tissue injuries such as sprains can be categorised into two: acute injuries and overuse injuries. The former is caused by a sudden trauma such as a fall, while the latter occurs overtime as in the case of athletic injuries.

SOME OF THE MAJOR CAUSES OF SPRAINS INCLUDE:

Sports injuries Falling Twisting of a joint Muscles fatigue Exercise after a sedentary lifestyle

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF SPRAINS

Sprains can be minor or major, with healing lasting from a couple of days to weeks or even surgery.

The major signs and symptoms include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Restricted ability to move the limb
  • Popping sound in the case of a ligament rupture
  • Difficulty in using the affected ligament

CLASSIFICATION OF SPRAINS

Sprains can be minor or major, depending on the damage caused to the ligament. However, there are three broad categories that classify sprains based on the severity. These include:

  • Grade 1 sprain (mild): Slight stretching and some damage to the fibres (fibrils) of the ligament
  • Grade 2 sprain (moderate): Partial tearing of the ligament. There is abnormal looseness (laxity) in the joint when it is moved in certain ways
  • Grade 3 sprain (severe): Complete tear of the ligament. This causes significant instability and makes the joint non-functional

PREVENTION OF SPRAINS

Even though sprains can occur sporadically, there are a few preventive measures one can take to avoid these painful conditions:

Using proper equipment :Athletes must use proper, certified equipment during their workouts. Shoes that have worn out due to overuse must be replaced immediately. It is also important to wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing while exercising or participating in sports.

Balanced fitness :Incorporating a highly balanced fitness regime that includes strength training and cardiovascular training can prevent injuries and sprains

Warming up :It is ESSENTIAL for sportsperson or those working out to warm up and loosen muscles before intense motions.

Drinking water : Water is the juice of the gods and can prevent a number of medical conditions. Athletes must keep themselves hydrated so as to avoid dehydration and heat exhaustion.

Cool down : Exercise routines must always end with a cooling down period, which must be twice as long as the warm up period. This must be undertaken when the skin is dry and the body is cooled down considerably.

Rest : Sportspersons must designated, one day of the week for complete rest and take off from any vigorous exercise.

DIAGNOSIS OF SPRAINS

Proper diagnosis of a sprain can be conducted by a certified health care professional, based on physical examination. In certain extreme cases, X-rays are required to ensure that there are no broken bones. In other cases, if the injury is prolonged and does not resolve itself even after treatment, a Magnetic Resonance Imaging or MRI is performed to pinpoint the exact problem.

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