Introduction of Sprain
To understand this let us first understand the definition of a sprain. A sprain by definition means an injury to a ligament which gets stretched beyond the normal capacity and may be possibly torn. Sprains occur in joints, as it is the joints where the ligaments are situated. Sprains can occur in any joint in the body, but the most common location is the ankle. This is because the entire weight of the human body is directed on this joint.
Natural Remedies for Sprains
There are a few common dos to do initially in the way of initial first aid
- Remove any restrictive gear like shoes, gloves or garments to expose the injury site.
- Take the load off the joint which has been sprained and provide a support if required or possible.
- Gently massage the sprain using the tips of the fingers.
- Immediately apply an ice pack before taking any further action.
There are several natural methods for the treatment of sprains. Some of them are given below:
- Rub the sprain gently and apply mustard oil.
- Cover the area with a cloth.
- Repeat the oil massage 2 to 3 times a day depending on the severity of the sprain.
Turmeric and Salt Fomentation
- Sprinkle some turmeric on the area.
- Making a small, cloth bundle.
- Fill the cloth bundle with some salt and heat the bundle in an open pan.
- When sufficiently hot, apply the hot fomentation to the sprain.
- Repeat the process every 2 to 3 hours, until the pain and swelling subside.
- The hot fomentation can be resumed in the case of pain returning, for instance, if the patient inadvertently puts pressure on the sprain.
- Conversely, you can use cassia leaves which must be rubbed into the flesh in the sprained area until the juice begins to ooze out.
- This is known to prevent swelling, well after the sprain heals.
- Take 20 to 30 neem leaves and grind them into a paste.
- Strain the leaves through a cloth collect the juice of the leaves tightly squeezing the cloth.
- A pinch of turmeric is then added and this juice is applied to the sprain in the form of a poultice.
- This is not only a useful remedy for the pain, but it helps the wound to heal faster.
Having discussed a few natural remedies which can help to treat sprains let us now move on to a few dos and don’ts while dealing with sprains.
- Do secure the site to prevent further injury.
- Do talk to the victims to make them feel at ease.
- Do use a pad or splint to restrict movement of the joint.
- Do administer a mild painkiller if professional help is delayed.
- Don’t attempt to move the limb more than necessary.
- Don’t let the patient apply weight on the sprain.
- Don’t take an independent decision on what is the exact nature of the injury. Do leave this decision to a doctor.
It is hoped that these handy tips will guide any person to be able to give timely first aid to an injured person, to make them comfortable until professional help arrives.