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Home Remedies for Sprains


Written by Lari Warjri, B.A. | Article Reviewed by The Medindia Medical Review Team on Oct 17, 2022

What is a Sprain?

Sprains are stretching injuries of ligaments that connect muscles to bones. Ligaments are connective tissues that hold bones together in the skeleton. Sprains can occur at any joint where two bones are connected. The severity of the injury may vary from a minor stretching that may soon heal fully to a major tear that makes the bony link unstable (1 Trusted Source
Sprains

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Sprains are classified into 3 categories:

  • Severe
  • Partial
  • Mild
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Common Causes of Sprains

Sprain can be caused by either a direct or indirect injury that can force a joint to an unnatural position, overstretches, and torn ligaments (2 Trusted Source
Sprains of the Ankle, Knee and Wrist

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Disclaimer: The home remedies suggested here are not a substitute for treatment by doctors. It is highly advisable to seek an expertís opinion. All the remedies listed here may not be suitable for everyone. It is recommended to check for allergies or do a patch test before using the remedy.

Home Remedies for Sprains

Tip 1:

Chop onions, wrap them in a muslin cloth and place on the sprained area.

Home Remedies for Sprains: Onions

Tip 2:

Make a paste of ground lemon leaves and butter. Apply on the affected area (3 Trusted Source
Lemon grass (Cymbopogon citratus) essential oil as a potent anti-inflammatory and antifungal drugs

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Tip 3:

Mix 1 teaspoon of almond oil with 1 teaspoon of garlic oil and apply on the injured area (4 Trusted Source
6 of the best Ankle Pain Remedies and Treatment Options

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Home Remedies for Sprains: Almond Oil

Tip 4:

Warm the outer leaves of a cabbage in hot water and bandage them around the sprain (5 Trusted Source
Effect of Cabbage Wraps on the Reduction of Post-Traumatic Knee Exudates in Men

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Home Remedies for Sprains: Cabbage Leaves Warmed in Hot Water

Tip 5:

Place an ice pack on the injured area for about 15-20 minutes. This will help ease the swelling and tenderness (6 Trusted Source
Ankle Pain

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Tip 6:

Apply warm compress on the sprain area. Use a towel and soak in warm vinegar as a compress to reduce the pain (6 Trusted Source
Ankle Pain

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Home Remedies for Sprains: Warm Vinegar

Tip 7:

Resting is the best thing to do when you suffer from a sprain. Mild exercise will be helpful to strengthen the sore muscles, but avoid any activity that causes pain, swelling or discomfort in the affected area (6 Trusted Source
Ankle Pain

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  • 1. Sprains - (https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sprains/symptoms-causes/syc-20377938)
  • 2. Sprains of the Ankle, Knee and Wrist - (https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/15461-sprains-of-the-ankle-knee-and-wrist)
  • 3. Lemon grass (Cymbopogon citratus) essential oil as a potent anti-inflammatory and antifungal drugs - (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25242268/)
  • 4. 6 of the best Ankle Pain Remedies and Treatment Options - (https://rejuvenateyourhealth.org/6-of-the-best-ankle-pain-remedies-and-treatment-options/)
  • 5. Effect of Cabbage Wraps on the Reduction of Post-Traumatic Knee Exudates in Men - (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29782183/)
  • 6. Ankle Pain - (https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/symptoms/15295-ankle-pain)

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