Physical Therapy for Sprains & Strains in NJ
What is a sprain or strain?
A sprain or strain is a common injury, especially in athletes, that occurs when the ligaments between each of your joints are pulled or stretched beyond their normal ability. Strains and sprains can occur in a number of areas of the body, but usually have similar signs and symptoms. One of the most common types of sprain or strain is an ankle sprain, which can happen when the ankle rolls to the side and the supporting ligaments are stretched. An ankle sprain might occur when a person is running, walking on an uneven surface, or lands off-balance from a jump or fall. Sprains and strains are commonly treated using conservative treatments, which may include rest and physical therapy.
What are the most common types of sprains and strains?
Sprains and strains can affect many parts of the body, not just the foot and ankle. The following types of sprains and strains are common, especially among those who participate in active sports:
- Ankle sprains
- Knee sprains
- Wrist sprains
- Thumb sprains
What causes a foot or ankle sprain / strain?
A sprain or strain injury can happen to anyone, regardless of age or gender. The injury occurs when one of the ligaments in your body is extended or torn, which causes extreme stress on the joint as well as pain. Foot and ankle sprains most commonly occur from one of the following:
- Walking on uneven surfaces
- Slipping and falling
- Landing from a jump or exercise incorrectly
- Overextending the joint
- Pivoting suddenly while running
- Repetitive movements that stress the ligaments in the foot or ankle
What are the symptoms of a sprain or strain?
The symptoms of a foot or ankle sprain or strain will vary from patient to patient, depending on the type and location of the injury, along with other factors. The symptoms commonly associated with a strained or sprained ankle or foot may include the following:
- Popping or crunching sound at time of injury
- Joint pain
- Joint swelling
- Difficulty using the affected joint
Do I need physical therapy for a sprain or strain?
Sprains and strains affecting the foot and ankle are most often treated using conservative therapies, including rest, ice, and elevation. In some cases, physical therapy may help improve your ability to return to normal activities sooner, especially if you play a sport or participate in physical activities that require healthy feet and ankles. Our team of experienced physical therapists at Exchange Physical Therapy Group can help you recover from an ankle or foot injury using the latest strengthening techniques and physical therapy exercises. We take a personalized and hands-on approach to helping you heal, with our number one priority being to get you back to your regular activities and lifestyle.
If you are suffering from a foot or ankle sprain or strain, visit one of our Exchange Physical Therapy Group locations in Weehawken or Jersey City. We are open seven days a week and accept walk-ins so you can come in anytime. If you would prefer to schedule an appointment in advance, you can fill out the form on this page.