What Are Sprains?


Sprains and strains are often lumped together and are among the most common of sports injuries. A sprain is an injury to a ligament, the thick, fibrous tissue that connects bones together. A strain is an injury to a muscle or tendon. Sprains and strains can both cause tremendous pain. Sprains most often occur in the back or the hamstring muscle, which is located in the back of the thigh. The people most at risk for sprains and strains are soccer, football and hockey players as well as boxers and wrestlers. Hand and arms sprains can happen in gymnastics, tennis, rowing, golf, and other sports that require extensive gripping. Elbow sprains sometimes occur in individuals who participate in racquet sports, throwing, and contact sports. These conditions can develop in anyone who performs strenuous or repetitive movements on a frequent basis however, not just athletes.

What Are the Symptoms of a Sprain?

Swelling, and bruising of the affected joint are the typical symptoms of a sprain. A significant ligament tear (Grade 3) causes an inability to use the affected joint and could lead to joint instability. Less serious injuries (Grade 1) may only cause pain with movement. A person with a mild sprain usually experiences minimal pain, swelling, and little or no loss of functional ability. Victims of a moderate sprain may have more difficulty putting weight on the affected joint and can experience some loss of function. Sometimes people feel a pop or tear when the sprain happens, alerting them to their condition.

What causes a Sprain?

A ligament that is overstretched is the cause of mild sprains. A moderate sprain is caused when the ligament stretches even further but does not break, and a severe sprain completely tears or ruptures a ligament. These sprains are graded according to the extent of the injury; for instance, Grade 1 and Grade 2 ankle sprains can usually be treated with ice or physical therapy and are considered mild to moderate. A grade 3-ankle sprain is considered severe and can cause a permanent disability. In such instances, an operation could be in order to correct damage from the sprain.

Will Painwave X4000 help with Sprains?

Yes! The fantastic Painwave X4000 is a non-invasive, drug-free method of relief and is absolutely ideal for the treatment of sprains. The good news is that, unlike many OTC painkillers, the Painwave X4000 works in conjunction with the body’s own bioelectromagnetic ecosystem. But it gets better! The Painwave X4000 has no side effects, and the unit is simply moved gently over the surface of the skin in a small circular motion. In the long run, with continued use, the Painwave X4000 stimulates improved circulation, cell activity and lymphatic movements. These embellishments are beneficial in the relief of pain and other discomforts. In many cases, this stimulation will greatly reduce or eliminate pain completely.

Note: The information on this page is not to be used to perform a self-diagnosis. If you think you have a sprain, contact your doctor’s office for X-rays and medical examinations.