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Sprains and Strains in Madison, OH

Stress placed on ligaments and tendons results in sprains/strains that can benefit from the skill and expertise of a chiropractor. French Chiropractic and Wellness Center in Madison offers treatments for sprains/strains to the residents of Painesville, Mentor and surrounding communities in Ohio.

What are Sprains and Strains?

Sometimes, those who are exercising or engaging in a sport may experience a sprain, which is the injury of a ligament in a joint such as an ankle, wrist, elbow, or knee. A sprain usually happens when the joint is twisted in an unusual or excessive way.

A strain may occur when the muscles of the thigh, groin, shoulder, or calf are torn.

Most strains or sprains are minor and only require rest while the most severe injuries may need weeks of physical therapy.

Signs and Symptoms


  • Muscle pain and stiffness at the site of injury
  • Enlargement of injured muscle


  • Painful at the time of injury
  • Injured joint is swollen
  • Bruised joint

Some injuries are so severe that they may immobilize the injured joint or muscle.

Causes of Sprains and Strains

Sprains often occur during a loss of balance while running, jumping, or making sudden movements. Usually, a twisting movement makes the ligament stretch further than usual, causing the sprain.

Strains are caused when weakened muscles are unable to handle weight and stretching at the same time. The following actions may increase your chances of strain or sprain.

  • Working out with fatigued muscles
  • Working out before stretching or warming up
  • Failing to condition your body properly for a physical activity
  • Using athletic gear that is too loose or too tight

Chiropractic care for Sprains and Strains

What should you do if you experience a sprain or strain? French Chiropractic and Wellness Center should be your first stop. Chiropractors use many treatments that may help you recover more quickly.
Treatments our chiropractors use include

  • Adjustments to the joints
  • Ice or heat application
  • Electrical muscle stimulation
  • In-office and home exercises

While anti-inflammatory medications may be effective in increasing joint flexibility while reducing pain, researchers have found that chiropractic adjustments to the joints are just as effective. In fact, chiropractic treatment is even more effective in increasing joint mobility. You can get all the same improvements without the side-effects, such as liver or stomach damage, that come with anti-inflammatory drugs.

Those with less severe injuries may treat the soft tissue damage at home by resting and with ice compresses. However, even those who have mild injuries can benefit from chiropractic treatment. Once the sprain or strain has healed, our ultimate goal as chiropractors is to help restore optimal health to your joints and muscles. Our treatments may include

  • Exercise
  • Nutritional Supplements
  • Active rehabilitative procedures
  • Massage
  • Joint Adjustments

Isn’t it time you tried chiropractic care for you and your family? If you are experiencing any of the common symptoms sprains and strains, please contact our office now to schedule an appointment.