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What happens if I don't treat a sprain properly?

Dr. Gerald M. Silverman
Chiropractic Medicine Specialist

Strain and sprain injuries are more serious than microtraumas because the disrupted tissue bonds must be restored and reoriented in a manner that will allow free and unrestricted movement. If the bonds are restored haphazardly, weak and inflexible scar tissue will develop, and movement can be permanently lost. If that happens, chronic muscle stiffness and rigidity will occur and chronic pain can result. Under ideal circumstances, if you engage in the appropriate stretching and exercise to promote the proper reorganization of tissue patterns, these injuries can resolve in just a few weeks. However, if you don't gently stretch and exercise the muscles and the tissue heals poorly, loss of movement will persist and pain signals will continue to override normal nerve traffic.

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If you don’t treat a sprain properly you can end up with chronic inflammation. Chronic overuse or chronic inflammation can cause long term pain and disability if not properly evaluated and treated.

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