Homeopathy treatment for Sprains and Strains
A sprain is an injury to the muscles, tendons, and ligaments-the connective tissues that surround joints. Strains, less severe, involve an injury only to the muscles. Sprains and strains result from twisting, turning, moving, or falling in such a way as to cause an injury. They can also result from overuse.
Pain (mild to severe) and stiffness are the main symptoms of sprains and strains.
In cases of severe pain, it is helpful to seek immediate attention and, if appropriate, obtain an X ray to make sure there are no fractures or dislocations.
Is there visible swelling or discoloration of the injured area?
Do you notice the person favoring any particular position?
"I turned my ankle yesterday playing soccer. It's all black and blue." Arnica
"My ankle feels fine as long as I don't move it." Bryonia
"This wrist feels really cold when I touch it. The pain feels better if I ice it." Ledum
"My ankle feels really stiff. I just want to walk around and stretch." Rhus toxicodendron
"I have a bad flare-up of my tennis elbow since I played an extra set several days ago. There's no bruising. It just feels sore." Ruta
How did you injure yourself?
When did it happen?
What are the main symptoms that are bothering you?
Are you in pain? If so, where?
Describe the pain.
What makes the pain better or worse?
What makes your other symptoms better or worse?
Are there any mental or emotional changes since the injury?
Pointers for Finding the Homeopathic Medicine
The best medicine to give first for sprains and strains is Arnica.
· If the pain is worse from any motion, give Bryonia.
· If the injured area is cold to the touch and the pain is better from cold applications, Ledum is the best medicine.
· If the main symptom is stiffness that is better from moving around and stretching, Rhus toxicodendron will be of benefit.
· If there is injury to ligaments or tendons without any clear picture that points to one of the other medicines, give Ruta.
· Give three pellets of 30C every two to four hours, depending on the severity of the symptoms, until you see improvement.
· If there is no improvement after three doses, give a different medicine.
· After you first notice improvement, give another dose only if symptoms begin to return.
· Lower potencies (6X, 6C, 30X) may need to be given more often (every two to four hours).
· Higher potencies (200X, 200C, 1M) generally need to be given only once. Repeat only if symptoms return with intensity; administer only in- frequently in this case.
What to Expect from Homeopathic Self-Care
The symptoms should be considerably lessened within twenty-four to forty-eight hours.
Other Self-Care Suggestions
Ice the injured area. Sports medicine doctors used to recommend icing for the first twenty-four to forty-eight hours, then applying heat, but now many suggest continuing to apply ice to the injury. Icing reduces swelling and inflammation.
· Rest the injured area. If necessary immobilize it, including using crutches.
· Wrap the injured part with an elastic bandage.
· Apply an ointment, cream, or gel of topical Arnica.
· Soak in an Epsom salt tub or foot bath to help reduce swelling.