So many people love to play sports, and unfortunately, many of us have injured ourselves while trying to have some fun. Most of the time, an old injury can be soothed with rest, heat and ice, ointments, braces, massages, patches, medication, physical therapy, or avoiding certain activities altogether. But sometimes, that stuff won’t do the trick. Heavy duty options include injecting nerve blocks or even surgery. And suddenly no one is having any fun.
In a recent systematic review of 17 trials with 1820 participants, researchers found that acupuncture was more effective at relieving pain and facilitating recovery from sprained ankles than other treatments while also avoiding negative side effects.