Sprained ankles are very common, but if not treated properly can lead to decreased mobility of the joint and development of arthritis. While many sprains are minor and can be treated by applying heat and cold, you may still want to seek out the advice of a chiropractor.
What are Sprained Ankles?
A sprained ankle happens when you roll, twist, or turn your ankle in an awkward and unnatural way. This can cause your ligaments that hold your ankle bones together to stretch or tear. A sprained ankle that is left untreated, or engaging in activities to soon after spraining your ankle can lead to chronic pain, joint instability, and early onset of arthritis.
The Causes of Sprained Ankles
A sprained ankle occurs when a joint capsule or ligament becomes stretched beyond its normal range of motion. In a severe sprain, this could cause a tear in the ligament. Falls, landing awkwardly after jumping or pivoting, and walking or exercising on uneven surfaces all create conditions in which you could potentially sprain your ankle. You are more likely to suffer a sprained ankle if you have had prior ankle injury or if you participate in sports.
The Symptoms of Sprained Ankles
Once you sprain your ankle you will feel immediate pain and discomfort in the area. Swelling and sometimes bruising will soon follow, accompanied by a restricted range of motion. If the pain is severe you may have a fracture or broken bone and should seek medical care immediately.
The Treatment of Sprained Ankles
Many people associate chiropractors with spine and neck problems, but they are trained and able to treat problems in the musculoskeletal and nervous systems throughout the entire human body.
Depending on the severity of the sprain and the amount of pain, chiropractic adjustments are effective at treating ankle pain. There are also at home exercises your chiropractor may recommend to keep motion in the ankle. Another benefit to seeing a chiropractor is that they can treat lower and mid-back pain caused by the use of crutches, if you are required to use them for proper healing.
Schedule an Appointment Today
Contact Michigan Chiropractic Specialists today for an appointment.