Sprain means the tearing and stretching of the ligaments. The most common parts of the body that can have sprain are the neck, ankles, wrist and knees. The common causes of sprains can be running or walking on an uneven ground, wearing high heeled shoes, lifting an overweight, accidents and during a fall. Here are natural treatment of sprains that give best results.
Ice: Applying ice to a sprained can greatly help reduce swelling, inflammation and pain. The area should be placed with ice for about 15-20 minutes. This should be repeated several times in a day for the first few days of the injury. If you are suffering from diabetes or decreased sensation and the affected area gets white while rubbing ice, than the treatment should immediately be stopped.
Compression: Compression is a method in which the patient ties a belt, tape, special boots or an elastic bandage tightly to stop the swelling. Compression helps control pain as well as prevents further injury. While tying the bandage it should be kept in mind that it should not be tied too tightly so that the blood circulation may reduce.
Turmeric: Turmeric is antibiotic in nature. It helps to reduce swelling and pain. Heat mustard oil and allow the turmeric in the oil to burn, apply this lukewarm oil on the affected area and tie a bandage over the area to prevent from air. Leave it on for 10 hours. Repeat again every 10 hours and continue this treatment for a week.
Onion: Onions are antimicrobial properties. Onion can be helpful during the sprains, chop onions and wrap these chopped onions in a piece of cloth and place it on the affected area and leave it for at least two hours. If needed, then secure the cloth with tape.
Olive Oil: Olive oil also helps to reduce the swelling and pain. Heat the olive oil and then allow it to cool for some time. Apply the lukewarm oil on the affected area and gently massage for few minutes. This will relax the muscle and relieve pain. Do this three or four times a day for a few days.