When at some point you suddenly feel unsteady on your feet and your ankle is sprained, you try to put your weight on your ankle, and then you notice a sharp pain, at which point you’re thinking “terrible”, maybe it’s a sprain, a strain, or a more terrible fracture!
First of all, don’t panic!
If there is no protruding bone or excessive bleeding, you can use ice and elevate the area and then seek the help of a professional doctor, or a podiatrist if you have a foot injury or ankle injury. A podiatrist can often find minor fractures on an X-ray that the emergency room might miss.
Knowing the difference between sprains, strains, and fractures can help you save time and money.
Sprains are injuries to ligaments (the tissues that connect bones at joints). Ankle sprains are the most common injuries in the United States (nearly 2 million annually).
Strains are injuries to muscles or tendons (the fibrous cords of tissue that connect muscles and bones). The injury causes the muscle or tendon to be stretched or torn.
Fractures come in many types and grades. Fractures can even occur without known trauma, just like stress fractures. Signs of a possible fracture may include: swelling, bruising, and deformity around the injured area (the limb may look “out of place” or the bone may pierce the skin).
Exploring alternative therapies such as laser therapy is also a good way to help you manage any of these injuries.
Powercure cold laser therapy uses the principle of photobiomodulation to illuminate the area being treated with a laser light source.
Laser therapy is non-invasive and painless and it has the function of anti-inflammation and analgesia. In addition, it can enhance the immune system and metabolism, accelerate tissue repair, increase vascular regeneration and promote healing, etc. So laser therapy can be used after sprain, strain or fracture surgery. Mild injuries can end up with quick pain relief so as to promote healing, while severe injuries can be treated with cold laser therapy, medication or surgery at your doctor’s recommendation.
If you want to know more about cold laser therapy, please contact us at [email protected].