There's nothing more game-stopping than when a young athlete gets a sprain. That moment they twist or move something in a way which immediately sends a signal to the brain, letting them know they did something wrong. Then, there's the old "trying to walk it off," and they suddenly realize - they have a sprain.
When ligaments are either torn or stretched, a sprain occurs. The severity of the sprain is dependent on how severe the tear is, and how many ligaments are involved in the injury.
The Ankle - It seems like we have all had an ankle sprain. These often occur when we "roll" the ankle, due to an uneven ground surface, or simply moving the ankle in a direction which causes the tearing or stretching of the ligaments, as mentioned above.
The Knee - These type of sprains usually occur when impacts from either the outside or inside the knee, depending on which ligament is involved. There are different levels of sprains, with a grade 1 injury involving up to 10% of fibers, and a grade 2 injury involving between 10% and 90% of the fibers. A grade 3 sprain is classified as complete ruptures.
First off, if you are unable to bear any weight on a sprained body part, there is significant swelling, or you believe the injury is more severe than a simple sprain, you should seek care from a medical professional. The treatment of sprains is simple to remember if you can remember R.I.C.E., which stands for;
Rest - Rest your ankle by not walking on it. Limit any weight placed on it, and use an ankle brace to add stability and control swelling.
Ice - A minimum of 20 minutes of ice on the area of the swelling, is recommended. Do not place ice directly on the skin.
Compression - Compression can help control swelling as well as immobilize and support your injury.
Elevate - Elevate the foot by getting it above the waist, and more specifically the heart.
Second, get cryotherapy! It's modern treatment for an injury which has been happening for ages. Of course, we're a little biased as we want you to come into Athletic Cryo in Glendora.
Cryotherapy coupled with compression therapy can significantly reduce the recovery time after a strain injury. By flooding the injured area with freshly oxygenated, nutrient-dense blood filled with powerful endorphins, you'll feel less pain, and the damaged cells will be on an accelerated path to repair.
We have seen many cases where swelling and inflammation reduces after the 1st treatment either with whole body cryo or spot cryo. It can take anywhere from 3-6 cryo treatments to feel a significant difference. The spot cryo treatment is anywhere from 5-10 minutes, and full body cryo is only 3 minutes.
If you're playing soccer, baseball, football, or any other type of high-mobility sport in the Azusa, Covina, Glendora, San Dimas, or West Covina area, we are less than 30 minutes away.