What Is A Sprain?
A sprain occurs when the fibers of a ligament get torn and cause pain. Sprains can only have small tear in the ligament, or they can be completely torn. The most common places to get sprains are in the ankles and knees. The more it hurts, the more that’s probably gone wrong. Fortunately, almost all sprains can be treated with home remedies within a few days.
However, if you follow these tips and your sprain still hurts severely, if you have strained the area before, you cannot hold weight on the sprained area, or if you develop red marks around the sprain, then you should ice the injury and get to a doctor right away. You ligament could have been torn completely, and that cannot be cured from home.
If your sprain doesn’t hurt immensely, and you are confident that the ligament is not fully torn, then you can follow these natural remedies to ease the pain of the sprain.
10 Best Home Remedies For Sprains
One natural home remedy to prevent a sprain is to stretch before you exercise. Stretching makes sure that your muscles (and ligaments) are ready to do their jobs. Make sure to stretch every time before you exercise in order to prevent sprains.
When you exercise, make sure that you’re wearing supportive shoes. If you can afford it, try to buy shoes specially made for exercise. These types of shoes are made to fit you comfortably and to prevent injuries like sprains.
Make sure that you rest the injured sprained area. Doctors usually recommend to rest your injury for about 48 hours. Don’t put too much weight on it.
You can still do simple exercises to strengthen your muscles though. Don’t quit on moving entirely, just go easier on yourself than you normally would.
#4. Ice Packs
Get an ice pack to cool the area. Cold tends to numb pain. Try not to use ice itself, as using ice for too long can cause minor nerve damage. Use an ice pack on the sprained area for fifteen to twenty minutes at a time.
Do this at least four to eight times a day, depending on how much pain you’re in and how much swelling you have. Keep this up for at least two days.
Another home remedy for a sprain is to get a large bandage and wrap the area. Make sure that the wrap is not cutting off circulation, but that’s it’s tight enough to keep your sprained area from moving around too much.
Check the wrap every once in a while. Loosen it if it feels too tight. You should be able to remove the wrap after two days.
Keep your injury elevated on a stack of pillows or anything else that can keep your injury high up. If you are able, keep your injury elevated above your heart as often as you can. Doing this will prevent too much blood from flowing to the area and causing swelling.
#7. Epsom Salt
Another natural remedy to relieve pain caused by a sprain is to soak the injury in an Epsom salt bath. Put a few tablespoons of Epsom salt into a warm bath. Let your injury soak for at least twenty minutes for the best results.
#8. Olive Oil
Olive oil can be used as a great way to aide a massage to your sprained area. Warm up a tablespoon or two of olive oil and then massage it into the area on and around your sprain. Do this on the second day as well for the best results.
#9. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar can be used in much of the same way that olive oil is used. The main difference is that you don’t have to warm up apple cider vinegar for it to work. Like olive oil, do this on both days to get the best results possible.
Often times, sprains heal on their own. If you can’t stand the pain you can always buy painkillers. When looking for what to buy, try to find painkillers that say that they contains ingredients to reduce inflammation. Only take what the bottle tells you to and how often the bottle recommends.
Hopefully you find these simple natural home remedies to be helpful in fixing your sprain and preventing another one from happening. Good luck!