strains and sprains

Sprains and Strains Injuries Treatment in Cleveland Heights with Eastside Medical Group

strains and sprains


Sprains and strains injuries are two separate issues of the musculoskeletal system, but people mostly interchange these terms without knowing the differences.

According to NIH (National Institute of Health), a strain is the stretching or tearing of the tendon or muscle in the spot where it turns into muscle, whereas the sprain is stretching or tearing of the ligament that causes instability in a joint.

Specialists like Dr. Lauchlin McKeigan, DC at Eastside Medical Group in Cleveland would be the right doctor and professionals to consult for a sprain or strain. Our integrated medical techniques not only promote healing but also help to strengthen the injured areas so that risk of future injuries is greatly lessened.

Causes of Sprains and Strains

Twisting the body in an odd way or falling can cause sprains since the movement will force some joints into an ungainly position that stretches or tears a ligament. Commonly sprains are caused when you twist your ankle, slip on an icy surface, or fall down some steps.

On the other hand, a strain is caused by trauma, repetitive movements, and overexertion. For instance, strains are commonly caused when you suddenly start doing a strenuous exercise routine, lift a very heavy weight, or perform a body movement repetitively for a long time as in sports or while typing which can cause strains to your hands and wrists.

You can also strain your hamstrings while riding a bicycle. If you are sitting down for a while and all of a sudden go out to ride your bike without stretching you can put some pressure on your hamstrings. This happens more easily and frequently in colder weather. 


Sprains and strains share common symptoms of swelling, pain, and the movement of this muscle or area at the injured location becomes limited. The level of pain can range from being moderate to intense, and it mainly depends on the severity of the injury. It is, therefore, important to have a sprain or strain diagnosed correctly by Xcell Medical Group so that you receive the right treatment.


Our integrated medical treatments are highly effective in treating sprains or strains unless the ligament or muscle has been torn―in which case you will need surgery.

Eastside Medical Group specializes in performing chiropractic manipulations, which not only helps in quickening the healing process but also strengthens the injured areas. One of the most common issues with sprains and strains is that they are prone to recur in the same place. This is mainly because of the weakening of the affected ligaments or muscles.

However, treatment and exercises will help strengthen the injured areas, thus lowering the risk of recurrent injuries considerably.

Eastside Medical Group will also provide poignant advice on how to perform an activity safely, without causing too much strain. Such advice is pivotal for any athlete or anyone who engages in any repetitive physical activity.

If you would like more information about integrated medical care for sprains and strains injuries, please contact us today!

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