Sprain/Strains which comes first?
Did you ever hurt a ligament or muscle or tendon? As I always tell my patients, you cannot hurt one without effecting the other. Ligaments connect bone to bone and provide the joint with restraint. Tendons connect muscle to bone and they also provide restraint to any given joint. Anytime a ligament is injured, it will affect the muscles that control the joint and vice versa. An injured ligament (sprain) is stretched or torn, an injured tendon/muscle (strain) is also stretched or torn. Both are inherent in giving a joint stability while allowing proper motion. An injured ligament sends information the central nervous system which causes the muscles to react to stabilize the joint. The muscle then tries to compensate as it tries to stabilize the joint until it can no longer maintain itself and eventually leads to spasticity, then tetanus or perpetual spasm, until failure. As a Chiropractor, I see this complex situation play out daily with my spine patients, after they hurt themselves and wait too long before seeking care. Get the proper care for these types of injuries!! Your chiropractor is great at helping deal with these injuries.