Have you ever slipped from your bathroom tub and strained any part of your body? Perhaps, you have tried treating the strain in your hand, ankle, foot or any joint in your body the last time you got injured. But how did you go about it? Were you relieved afterwards, even without a professional touch?
strainA strain is a medical condition, any injury that can be sustained in the muscle or tendon, which is a piece of connector tissue that connects a muscle or group of muscles to a bone. It is an injury to the joint usually by trauma, a force to that joint resulting into injury usually affects the supporting structure of the joint which are the ligament, tendons as well.
Some believe the more you apply rob or the more you twist the strained part, the more you get relieved and healed. However, the wrong application of force to a strain could result in complete breakage of the ligament or joint.
Strains can be minor or serious. The muscle or tendon is simply over-stretched or partially torn if it is minor but the muscle or tendon gets torn if it is a serious strain but when the strains affect the bone, it?s called fracture.
The damage can be twisting or sharp resulting in overstretching or breakage causing the ligament to be destroyed temporarily completely or leading to permanent deformity.
If the ligament or tendon is stretched beyond what it can sustain, which is the elastic point, then it cannot go back to its normal position or it could result in tear.
When the ligament are twisted in the opposite direction beyond, the injury can result to temporal or permanent/severe deformity but it is determined by the amount of force on the place but if it is a mild injury. The ligament can go back to its normal position.
In several/permanent injury, the joint becomes loose and there won?t be the ability to control it. For instance, the amount of body weight transfers to the point of injury when you obtain injury.
One?s weight affects the injury sustained and when there is an injury, there is redness, increase in temperature, swelling, pain, loss of function and if there is a permanent cut, then there is absolute inability to control the place.
Therapeutic management
Before you get to a professional, the reducing and swelling can be reduced with the following steps:
Cold pack application: Put the cold pack or ice block where you are injured for twenty minutes because if it is applied more than that, the swelling will resurface again then it can be reapplied after two hours.
The bandage: It should be done properly to provide support because if it is done unprofessionally, it could be disastrous to the joint or ligament and increase the pain.
Bandage the injured area to limit any swelling and movement that could damage it further. Use a simple elastic bandage. Wrap snuggly around the affected area, but not so tightly that it restricts blood flow and remember to remove the bandage before you go to sleep.
Then, there is exercise in accordance with the injured person?s ability, tolerance and the degree of injury and the healing stage.
Food ?for strained muscles
Just like there are medical ways of healing or relieving strained muscle, so also you can eat your way to healing a painful muscle.
Eat more of these:
? Foods with lots of omega-3 fatty acids, including leafy greens, flaxseeds and flaxseed oil, walnuts, and fish
? Antioxidant-rich foods, such as citrus fruits, spinach, carrots, peppers, squash, garlic, and onions; green and black teas, too
? High-fiber foods, which include many listed above as well as whole grains, fruits, and veggies
? Soy, including tempeh, tofu, miso, and soy beans can be anti-inflammatory and are also protein-rich, which helps to regenerate muscle
? Spices, such as nutmeg, ginger, cayenne, oregano
? Honey, which may have immune-boosting properties, anti-inflammatory effects, and also goes well in your green or black tea
Eat less of these:
? Omega-6 foods and foods high in saturated fats such as peanut, cottonseed, or corn oils, as well as foods with a long shelf-life (cookies, crackers, chips)
? Dairy
? Red meats
? Simple carbohydrates, such as white bread, bagels, cereals, instant rice, wheat in general
? Eggs
? Artificial colors and flavors


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