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Treat Sprains Naturally

Treat Sprains Naturally

Sprains are often considered worse than broken bones as the torn and stretched ligaments end up weaker once healed while a bone is stronger. There are three levels of sprains. Mild sprains where there is little pain and swelling and little to no difficulty in moving the joint. A moderate sprain will have swelling, bruising and pain. Chances are the patient will not be able to stand on a moderately sprained ankle and may require x-rays. A severe sprain occurs when the muscle or ligament is fully torn or ruptured and requires medical care.

 

How do I know if I have a sprain?

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Inability to move the sprained joint
  • Instability on the sprained join

 

How can I prevent sprains?

  • Before exercising be sure to stretch properly.
  • Strengthen formerly injured and therefore weakened muscles.
  • Pay attention; try to avoid trips and falls as often as possible.

 

How can I treat sprains?

  • Rest the affected joint as much as possible.
  • Ice for 15-20 minutes when it feels swollen or tender.
  • Keep the area compressed with an elastic bandage to help reduce swelling.
  • Keep the area elevated over the heart to help reduce swelling.
  • Massage with garlic or almond oil to reduce inflammation.
  • Rub with a mixture of sunflower and camphor oil to reduce swelling and promote healing.
  • Make a warm water and vinegar compress and apply to promote healing.
  • Restrict swelling and control pain by mixing powdered jaggery with clarified butter and applying to the sprain once cooled.
  • Turmeric will help decrease inflammation, swelling and pain.
  • Ginger can help with inflammation; drink as a tea, enjoy as a candy and add to foods.
  • Fish oils help speed recovery and restrict inflammation.
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