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chiropractor treatment for sprain in Carrollton, TX.

All About Sprains and Strains &
How a Chiropractor Can Help

Sprains refer to a type of injury to a ligament (a soft tissue that connects a bone to a bone) whereas strains refer to a type of injury that occurs to a muscle or tendon (soft tissue that connects a muscle to a bone). They are classified on a scale/grade system.


Sprain Grade System: 

  1. Grade I (Mild):

    • Microscopic tearing of the fibers.

    • Mild swelling and tenderness.

    • Minimal loss of function.

    • Generally, the tissue is stretched but not completely torn.

  2. Grade II (Moderate):

    • Partial tearing of the tissue.

    • Moderate swelling, pain, and tenderness.

    • Some loss of function and joint stability.

    • A more noticeable but not complete disruption of the tissue.

  3. Grade III (Severe):

    • Complete tearing or rupture of the tissue.

    • Significant swelling, pain, and tenderness.

    • Marked loss of function and joint instability.

    • The tissue is completely torn, with the two ends. possibly separated.

    • May require surgical intervention.

  4. Grade IV (Severe/Complete):

    • A more severe form of tissue tearing.

    • The tissue is completely torn with a greater degree of separation between the torn ends or tearing off the attachment site of the bone, or tearing a portion of the bone off with it.

    • Significant joint instability and loss of function.

    • May require surgical intervention.

How can Chiropractic care help sprains/strains?

Chiropractic care can be helpful with recovery from sprain and strain injuries. Manipulation and joint mobilization can be performed in later stages of healing to help increase range of motion and decrease pain. Soft tissue therapies can be performed on some of these injuries as well along with rehabilitation exercises to help improve range of motion, function and strength. 

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