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Effectively Treating Ligament Sprains

If you are an active participant of a sport or several sports, you have probably experienced more than one sprain, strain or bruise. Most sports injuries are minor to moderate in severity and can be treated without visiting a physician by using methods that reduce inflammation and facilitate the formation of scar tissue and tissue remodeling.

What are Strains, Sprains and Bruises?
Medically referred to as a contusion, a bruise results when something inflexible strikes the body and causes damage to tiny blood vessels under the skin. Muscle strains occur when muscle fibers are stretched due to extreme or abnormal physical activity involving the specific use of that muscle. Ligament sprains or, more precisely, tears in ligaments happen when these tough, bone-connecting tissues are stretched abruptly and excessively. Although ligaments exhibit sufficient elasticity to allow for adequate flexibility, they can be compromised enough for tearing to occur.

Pain, swelling, inflammation and stiffness are the primary consequences of suffering from one of these injuries. This is due to damaged and dying soft tissue cells releasing a series of chemicals that aggravate the immune system's response to the injury. Breakage of capillaries and other small vessels cause bleeding inside the soft tissues, which initiates swelling in the injured area.

Treatment for Mild to Moderate Bruising, Strains and Sprains
Traditional, at-home treatment methods for these common injuries involve PRICE, an acronym for "protection, rest, ice, compression and elevation" and monitoring the area for worsening bruising or swelling. Protection such as an ACE bandage or removable plastic cast offers excellent methods for keeping an injured ankle, knee or foot immovable so that damaged tissue can heal normally.

Putting ice on painful bruises, strains and sprains reduces the intensity of pain signals going to the pain through nerve endings in the injured area. Ice also helps decrease swelling by constricting blood vessels and inhibiting blood flow. However, remember to remove ice within 15 minutes of applying an ice compress to prevent frostbite from occurring. Also, let the injury warm for about an hour before putting ice on it again.

Compression means wrapping the injury with a sports bandage to reduce swelling and provide support to the bruised, strained or sprained area. Elevating the affected ankle or knee keeps tissue fluid and blood from pooling in the area, which can exacerbate the injury and increase pain and stiffness.

While waiting for your bruise or sprain to heal, get immediate and long-lasting pain relieve by massaging the area with Ateevia Botanica's PRIME cream containing all-natural, anti-inflammatory botanical extracts formulated to alleviate all types of joint and muscle pain due to overly vigorous physical activity.
 
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