Sprains and Strains

Beware of overstretching!

A strain is the overstretching of a muscle or tendon causing sudden, sharp pain at the site of injury. A sprain is more serious and occurs when a joint is twisted or wrenched causing damage to attachments, but without dislocation. Muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves and associated blood vessels may suffer damage. In severe cases, the joint cannot be moved at all. Sprains most frequently occur in the ankle and lower back region.

How do you treat sprains and strains? For minor sprains and strains, rest the affected area, apply cold packs or ice, wrap the area with a compression bandage, and keep the affected area elevated as much as possible. Doctors recommend "RICE" for sprains and strains, which stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation. A sprained ankle should always be x-rayed to rule out a fracture. Over-the-counter pain medications, such as aspirin, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen are routinely recommended to relieve minor pain and reduce inflammation. Try BC® Powder Original Formula or Arthritis Strength BC® Powder for fast pain relief. In more severe cases, consult your doctor for treatment.