Sprains

A sprain is defined as an injury to a joint where the ligaments are carried beyond their normal range of motion, without dislocation or fracture, and can be graded depending on the degree of damage sustained to the ligament. There may be pain at rest or with activity, stiffness, swelling or bruising.

 

Sprains are commonly caused by trauma through falling or sports. Typically, joint sprains fall into the category of musculoskeletal injuries, and may involve the joint, ligaments, muscles or tendons.

 

Chiropractors manage ligament sprains using a package of care that includes a process of rehabilitation and may work alongside other healthcare professionals in delivering effective care strategies. Success depends on utilising the body’s healing mechanisms correctly to manipulate it to swift, full recovery.

 

 

EVIDENCE

 

Scientific research showing the effectiveness of Chiropractic treatment and management for sprains can be found in:

 

 

Handoll HH, Rowe BH, Quinn KM, de Bie R. Interventions for preventing ankle ligament injuries. Cochrane database Systematic Reviews. 200; (3): CD000018.

 

Hepperets MD, Verhagen EA, van Mechelen W. Effect of unsupervised home based proprioceptive training on recurrences of ankle sprain: a randomised controlled trial. British Medical Journal, 2009 July 9; 339: b2684.


A sprain is defined as an injury to a joint where the ligaments are carried beyond their normal range of motion, without dislocation or fracture, and can be graded depending on the degree of damage sustained to the ligament. There may be pain at rest or with activity, stiffness, swelling or bruising.

 

Sprains are commonly caused by trauma through falling or sports. Typically, joint sprains fall into the category of musculoskeletal injuries, and may involve the joint, ligaments, muscles or tendons.

 

Chiropractors manage ligament sprains using a package of care that includes a process of rehabilitation and may work alongside other healthcare professionals in delivering effective care strategies. Success depends on utilising the body’s healing mechanisms correctly to manipulate it to swift, full recovery.

 

 

EVIDENCE

Scientific research showing the effectiveness of Chiropractic treatment and management for sprains can be found in:

  

Handoll HH, Rowe BH, Quinn KM, de Bie R. Interventions for preventing ankle ligament injuries. Cochrane database Systematic Reviews. 200; (3): CD000018.

 

Hepperets MD, Verhagen EA, van Mechelen W. Effect of unsupervised home based proprioceptive training on recurrences of ankle sprain: a randomised controlled trial. British Medical Journal, 2009 July 9; 339: b2684.