This past weekend, while snowboarding, I sprained/strained my right thumb – picture below. I had completely forgotten how painful it is to sprain a joint! So after I stopped feeling sorry for myself, I removed my glove and shoved my hand in the snow. When I got home I continued to care for my injury and I wanted to share what I’ve found works best for a sprain/strain.
What is the difference between a Sprain vs a Strain?
A sprain refers to an injury to a ligament while a strain refers to an injury to a tendon/muscle. These types of injuries can occur to any joint in the human body but most often happen at the ankles, knees, wrists and fingers. There can be bruising and pain with movement after a sprain/strain injury and these types of injuries can take days up to weeks to heal – it all depends on the severity.
How can you take care of yourself after a sprain/strain injury?
- P.R.I.C.E – Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. It’s best to follow P.R.I.C.E for the first 24-48 hours after a sprain/strain
- Alternating hydrotherapy – if you can, submerge the joint in hot/warm water for 5 min and then submerge in cold water for 1 min. Hot and cold compresses will work too. This moves blood, oxygen and nutrients to the affected area which will help speed the healing process.
- Traumacare – this is a topical homeopathic product which helps increase healing while reducing inflammation and pain. This product is safe to use for the whole family.
- Eating foods rich in Vitamin C (broccoli, bell peppers, kiwis, strawberries, oranges) will help with ligament repair. Also, eating organic protein will help with muscle healing after a strain.
- Correcting posture and making sure you’re wearing the appropriate protective gear for your activity will help prevent future sprains/strains. Next time I snowboard – I’m wearing wrist guards!