Definition A sprain is an injury to the ligaments around a joint. Ligaments are strong, flexible fibers that hold bones together. When a ligament is stretched too far or tears, the joint will become painful and swell. Alternative Names Joint sprain Considerations Causes Sprains are caused when a joint is forced to move into an unnatural position. For example, "twisting" one's ankle causes a sprain to the ligaments around the ankle.
If you hang around a gym or any type of venue where sports, exercise or physical training take place, or even if you're just a sports enthusiast excited about the start of football season or the baseball post-season, it's not uncommon to hear that someone "strained or sprained" something. "Wide receiver X will be out for at least four games with a sprained knee ligament." "Outfielder Y will be on the 15 day disabled list with a strained hamstring." It often means sitting on the sidelines or lightening up on your workout routine for a while. But what are sprains and strains? Are they the same thing? Are they serious? And what can I do to treat and/or avoid them?
In order to understand what they are, we need a little primer on muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Simply put, humans are able to move because we have bones throughout our bodies. These bones are attached to other bones via muscles and tendons. The muscles are what contract to move bones like a lever and pulley sy...
Knowing what is available is sometimes half the battle when it comes to feeling better. The other half of the battle is avoiding the many gimmicks and scams that prey on people with chronic pain. Occasionally, you might run across something that really works for you, but doesn't work for your neighbor. Eventually, some items collect in the closet and accumulate a thick layer of dust. Because no one wants a closet full of unwanted items, it pays to be smart consumer and do some research. One reliable source of good products that are well selected is FootSmart.com . In fact, I keep a copy of this catalog in my office to show folks some possible solutions for pain relief.
Here is a list of recommended products that my tester (my mother) and I have put together. We give them the thumbs up when it comes to pain relief.
1. Merrel Q-Form Encore Breeze : My mom lives in these shoes. With foot pain and back pain, she has found these indispensable for daily use. She says that th...
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