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Sports Injury Treatment and Holistic Remedies

Last Modified on May 21, 2016

While organized physical activity is a positive component of a healthy lifestyle, sports and other forms of exercise do create the potential for sports-related injuries. Not warming up appropriately, poor training techniques and even accidents can lead to a wide range of common injuries. Effective natural treatments, however, safely and quickly relieve pain and reduce inflammation that may be caused by an injury.

What are Sports Injuries?

Sports injuries are common and include such conditions as sprains and strains, knee injuries, swollen muscles, injuries to the Achilles tendon, shin splints, rotator cuff injuries, fractures and dislocations. A sports injury is often the result of overuse, improper training practices, inappropriate gear worn or accidents during physical activity.

Natural Remedies for Muscle Strain and other Exercise Injuries

One of the first treatment practices that should be applied in the case of a sports injury involves the acronym RICE – rest, ice, compression and elevation. Following the initial treatment other options can be applied including natural treatment gels and soaks to relieve pain and prevent soreness. Arnica gel, Epsom salts and vinegar are among the most effective treatment options.

Arnica Gel

Arnica gel is derived from the herb arnica and is used to treat a variety of health conditions. The compound contains powerful anti-inflammatory properties that promote healing and reduce pain. The gel relieves muscle soreness and can even treat sprain-related pain.

Epsom Salts

Epsom salt is a naturally occurring mineral compound that contains vital nutrients including magnesium and sulfate. The combination of these and other minerals in the salt regulate the body’s metabolic processes, reduce inflammation and restore muscle and nerve function. An Epsom salt bath also flushes the system of toxins, relieving pain in this way as well.


Vinegar can be used in a variety of ways – as a soak, tonic or even rub – to relieve soreness and pain related to sports. Vinegar functions to pull toxins, including built up lactic acid, from the body to relieve inflammation and soreness. Vinegar also contains active vitamins and minerals that restore the body’s ability to rebuild muscle and nerve tissue.

Staying active is an important part of staying healthy, but so is taking care of one’s body. Natural remedies can help effectively treat sports injuries and offer relief of a variety of issues.

Remedies for Sports Injuries

The Popularity of Sports Injuries Remedies - Full List

Alphabetical Popularity Recent Post
Apple Cider Vinegar22016-04-26
Arnica Gel22009-02-23
Arnica Gel, Epsom Salts, Ice12006-03-13
Baking Soda12014-10-02
HGH Therapy02015-12-27
Mama's Sports Injury Smoothie Recipe02014-07-24
Massage, Acupuncture, Traumeel, Icing12008-06-14
Shoulder - Torn Labrum02013-12-12
Trace Minerals12007-08-04
Vinegar Soak12008-06-22

Apple Cider Vinegar  

5 star (2) 

Posted by Katzie (Calgary) on 04/26/2016
5 out of 5 stars

My 15 yr old son came home from school limping one day. He told me he'd gotten a sore (pulled) muscle while running Track & Field. He was extremely sore on his lower right abdomen. Like a smart mom, I came to this site looking for suggestions! I then soaked a square gauze pad (paper towels would do) with organic Apple Cider Vinegar w/the "mother", and placed that over the sore area for 1/2 hr and had him stay still. After the time was up, my son said 90% of the pain was gone. Amazing remedy. Thank you, Earth Clinic!

Posted by Mama To Many Donate
(Tennessee, Usa) on 06/20/2015

5 out of 5 stars

My teenage son was using a hoe in the garden and hit his ankle quite hard. He kept working anyway but by evening the area that he had hit was swollen and was still hurting him.

At bedtime I took a couple of paper towels and poured raw apple cider vinegar onto them. (Not dripping wet, just saturated.) I placed this on and around the swollen area. I wrapped that with plastic wrap and covered the whole thing with a sock.

In the morning he removed the poultice when he woke up and the swelling and pain were almost completely gone! He worked most of the day helping a friend to shear sheep and didn't have any trouble or any more swelling.

~Mama to Many~

Arnica Gel  

5 star (2) 

Posted by Lindsey (Waukesha, WI) on 02/23/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I swear by using Arnica Gel for sports injuries. My son had a 3rd degree sprain on his ankle during a basketball game. He was told that he would be out for the rest of the season. He wore a walking boot during the day and iced his ankle 5 times a day and after each time he would smear Arnica gel all over. He was so swollen for 2 weeks for almost 3 weeks. At his next visit to get rechecked which was 2 weeks and 3 days. He was completely healed. The doctor was amazed. He said that he could go back to playing as long as he felt O.K. He hasn't had any problems since. My husband had one of his basketball players use it when he hurt his back in practice. The kid was skeptical but came back the next day and wanted to know where he got it because it worked.

Replied by John
Boise, Id, Usa
5 out of 5 stars

My daughter sprained her ankle and she can barely walk. I massaged the ankle with some left-over arnica tincture that I made sometime ago. I wrapped it with an old towel before going to bed. She was healed after 2 days.

Replied by Lakisha
Where is the best place to buy Arnica Oil or gel? My son injured his ankle 2 weeks ago, will it still work?
Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
Lakisha, you can also try a castor oil pack.
Replied by Mama To Many Donate

Dear Lakisha,

I think Arnica tends to work better when used at the time of the injury.

I agree with Mmsg that Castor Oil would be a good option at this point. Apple Cider Vinegar Wraps are also an option. (For either treatment you would soak cloth with vinegar or castor oil, wrap foot, cover with plastic wrap and then a sock and leave it on over night.) Can be done during the day, too, of course, but may be harder to keep something attached, depending on how active he is.

~Mama to Many~

Arnica Gel, Epsom Salts, Ice  

5 star (1) 

Posted by Deirdre (Los Angeles) on 03/13/2006
5 out of 5 stars

I use arnica gel to help in recovering from sore muscles from rigorous martial arts workouts. I also supplement with potassium once in a while. However, I've noticed that potassium lowers my already low blood pressure so I need to be careful with that one! Soaking in Epsom Salts is another technique I use from time to time. I cannot stress the importance of ice packs on an injury! They bring swelling down quickly.

Baking Soda  

5 star (1) 

Posted by Gigi (Denver, CO, USA) on 10/02/2014
5 out of 5 stars

I've been suffering from RSI for about 3 weeks and was giving up as much as possible typing on the computer. I've also had a foot issue with different sensation occurring for 8 weeks. So far x-rays and MRIs haven't revealed anything leaving my doc to think perhaps arthritis. I read several posts about alkalizing the body on Earth Clinic by drinking baking soda with water. Began drinking the concoction yesterday and the pain literally began diminishing after 3-4 hours on a scale from 1 - 10, being about a 7 to about a 2. It sounds incredibly unbelievable and had I not personally felt the difference, would have NEVER believed it. I hope this works for others and hope it continues on this end. Earth Clinic is the best resource I've found - thank you & blessings to all those who share their insight and experience.


5 star (1) 

Posted by anonymous (usa) on 09/06/2011
5 out of 5 stars

My daughter broke her tailbone while dancing. I took her to a physical therapist at Ability Rehabilitation in Orlando, Catherine Weibel. She specializes in pelvic rehabilitation and manually treated her coccyx. She never had pain again.

Here is a list of doctors by state, look for someone who does manual treatments. I hope this helps.

Replied by Faith
Corsica, France
My coccyx hurts since some time. I have seen 2 generalists who don't take it seriously. I am in an isolated area and working 7 days a week. I am having a lot of pain in one leg. Swimming doesn't seem to help as the doctor said it would. Any ideas?
Replied by Steve
Las Vegas, Nevada
Sounds like a pinched nerve. A good energy healer can help you with this issue easily. Peace, Steve
Replied by Mesem
Manosque, France
Well, this has been a long search and not sure if I am OK yet but after seeing 5 different osteopaths I pleaded with my medicine generalist to give me a prescription for a x-ray (not that I like these things! ). Nothing wrong with the coccyx but the osteopath I saw yesterday could read the xray better than the radiographer and saw that the whole of my pelvis was twisted out of line. She went to work realigning everthing and have to say I feel lots better today. You really have to be determined to find solutions and traditinal med. will rarely help you in these sorts of situations.

HGH Therapy  

Posted by Robert Henry (Ten Mile , Tn) on 12/27/2015

HI ALL, , , , , , , , , , the latest rage is that Payton Manning took HGH in 2011 when he had neck surgery. Who gives a hoot. We all produce HGH until we get old. That is what keeps us young and heal faster.

I took HGH shots in the stomach some 10 years ago. They cost like the rips, but they keep you young. So why not use them. This is total stupidity. These shots cause you to heal faster.

Where is the problem? Big Pharma is against this because they want you sick.

Would someone please explain the problem of HGH.


Replied by Liz
Boston, Ma

I see nothing wrong with HGH use either. I wish it was something that everyone could afford access to.

However, as it relates to Peyton Manning, HGH is a banned substance in the NFL. It has been banned since 1991. Like PED's, the NFL sees HGH as performance-enhancing.

That said, they didn't begin testing for HGH until 2014, so we may never know whether or not Peyton used it. The only thing he hasn't denied (because he can't--there's a paper trail), is that the deliveries were in his wife, Ashley's name. And since that information would be protected under HIPAA laws, we will never really know.

What I found interesting in reading the articles, was that in 2011, Manning's wife had twins and I 'though' I'd read somewhere a while back (unrelated to anything Manning) that HGH was sometimes used in IVF treatments. I did a little research on that and found very little to support it.

What I did find while researching, was that many people questioned whether or not the twins were adopted or if they used a surrogate because Manning's wife was seen on March 4th (twins born on March 31st) and showed NO sign of being pregnant--much less almost full-term pregnant with twins. Interesting!

Also interesting that she was furious when the press released info on the twins birth. She said that such matters are "private", which of course, gave legs to the adoption/surrogacy stories.

Anyway! As I said, we'll never know whether or not Peyton used HGH due to HIPAA laws, but I would think, given the defamation he cites, that he would sue Al Jazeera for printing the story.

Replied by Art

111 Posts

HGH does not cause cancer directly, but some studies indicate it can fuel it. I wouldn't want my kids or people I know to take it unless they absolutely needed it to correct an imbalance. The youthful claims seem to me to be out weighed by the potential risks, but that's just my opinion.


Replied by Robert Henry
Ten Mile , Tn
HI U ART, , , , , , , , , , , read all your references and were typical articles by Big Brother to put fear into folks who want better health in their old age. Notice that these claims were not made after a long drawn out double blind tests as they normally require. They just ran off at the mouth.

Let me give you an example of how well I listen to our medical field. I have cancer and treating it with 3 protocols that the medical field either ruined the people that developed them or tried to. Here they are:

Rife Machine (1930) ----Royal Rife 100% cure rate

Budwig Diet (1950)-----Joana Budwig 80%

Essiac Tea (1922)------Rene Caisse 70%

Modern cancer treatment -------2 % cure rate

They finally finished the EDTA Chelation double blind test which passed in spite of their efforts to sabotage. This protocol affects lots of health problems but I did 60+ of them to clean the plaque out of my blood vessels. The Nagalase blood test is not done in the U.S., so we had to send our blood to Holland. This test will tell you if you have have Stage 1 or 2 cancer. Other than skin, no oncologist can do this. Injections of GcMAF will allow your own immune system to destroy your cancer in those stages. GcMAF is not made in the U. S. and is not allowed. Just ask the 6 deceased MD's in Ga. and Fl.

My wife had a female procedure a few months ago and her doctor is the head of that Department of Tennessee Medical School . He is renown in his field and a great guy. He said her problem arose due to Hormone Modulation , which is not a normal thing. When I said that she does Bio-identical. He replied that is still not normal. Since I's SJS, it took me awhile as to how I should have responded. Hell , nothing in the medical field is normal. Got a headache, take an aspirin. That ain't normal.

Sugar feeds cancer. Guess what Oncologists feed you...... yep sugar. Last time I saw my Orthopedist , he said my hip was good but my knee needs replacement. Not wanting to start any confusion, I neglected to tell him that I have been good to go for for the last 3 years after getting Ozone shots in Atlanta. That too is not normal , but it beats the heck out of an artificial knee, which also is not normal.

Sorry for going around the watermelon, but I use Doctors to tell me my problem and sometimes I go with their flow, but most times I find my own trail and it's not the Road to Abilene.

I thank you for your input on this thread.


Replied by Art

111 Posts

I'm a believer in chelation therapy, but many (most?) doctors are not. I take borax and most people look at me like I'm crazy when I tell them that, but it works for me so I continue with it. It may just be a placebo effect, but it works for me so I'll take that. I make and use quality colloidal silver, but I probably would never mention that to my doctor. Many health alternatives work and many work better than what doctors have to offer. It's not always easy to find the right one for each person, but it is a great feeling when you do!

We are definitely traveling down a road that is less traveled, but sometimes we have to do what we have to do in order to get well. That's what is so great about Earth Clinic......we don't have to do it completely alone and we get exposed to health ideas that most doctors will never even know about!


Replied by Robert Henry
Ten Mile , Tn
HI U ART, , , , , , , , , , when doing chelation I was in a room with about 6 other guys and most were doing chelation because they all had one or two by-passes and their doctor told them to get their paper work in order because he could not help them. Chelation is the way they stayed alive.

In Europe you cannot have a by-pass operation until you have done 30 EDTA Chelations and these doctors know this. When they or their kin get in deep stuff they do EDTA Chelation in the closet. Kinda like the Baptist and their dancing.

I can say that because we are Baptist, and me and my tractor driver are bad to Shag. Been to Myrtle Beach and Shag Atlanta many times. I won't let the big boys run us off the floor. But that was yesteryear.

The Cardiologists hated my Chelation MD because he could clean you out for about $3000 and they get a quarter million for a stop gap measure.

The same goes with the Oncologist and cancer, which your own body can cure in the 1st and 2nd stage if properly addressed. Ditto the Orthopedist and Ozone, which can help you avoid a replacement knee or hip. Ozone will regenerate cartilage. How else do you get out of pain when you have bone on bone?

In a car wreck in '98 and treated by a Dartmouth Orthopedic Surgeon for months to no avail. Read about magnets and bought a set from Sears. Next appointment he asked how I was doing. Great, after I started using magnets. He then told me that he did not need to see me again.

Art, I was conceived in sin, but born as innocent as a lamb. I got this way by life's experience and it has been a blast.



Posted by Rose (Brooklyn, New York) on 09/08/2011

fell and tore lisfranc ligament in right foot which is between first and second toe. doctors want to remove cartilage between first and second metatorsal and then fuse them together. could stem cell therapy help to regrow the ligament? also what can help with inflamation and swelling?

Replied by Prana
I saw your post, I know its along time since it happened but did you manage to get good advice and therapy and did your lisfrance heal? I'm going through a similar situation right now.

Mama's Sports Injury Smoothie Recipe  

Posted by Mama To Many Donate
(Tennessee) on 07/24/2014

Sports Injury Smoothie Recipe, or another way to take Turmeric!


Well, I have never been athletic, but I have an injury that is common to athletes...I seem to have injured my rotator cuff. Carrying babies around and nursing them in sometimes not the best positions over the last 20 years has put a lot of strain in my rotator cuff. I had a flare up a year or so ago and then another that began last night as I was stretching too much to reach something in a high cabinet. I woke up this morning in a lot of pain. Showering and dressing were very difficult. Pain is minimal if I am careful about not moving my arm in a certain way.

So, my first thoughts are - comfrey to increase cell regeneration in the tissue and turmeric for the inflammation. I am not fond of swallowing capsules and wanted my comfrey fresh. I also don't like turmeric in milk and so I made up this recipe. I have made two of them so far and it is quite tasty! The turmeric is not noticeable at all.

Here is what I did:

  • 2 small to medium cucumbers, cut into large cubes. (I had maybe 1.5 cups of cubed cucumber.)
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper (to make the turmeric work better.)
  • 1/8 teaspoon celtic sea salt
  • 1 Tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 1 large or two small fresh comfrey leaves
  • 1/4 cup milk kefir (contains fat which helps the turmeric work better.)

Blend in blender until smooth.

This was a cool and refreshing drink. It was a bit odd tasting, but by the second one I was liking it a lot. I think I will try adding a few mint leaves next time. My ten year old said it was not bad. (That is a compliment! ) My 12 year old said it was weird. My almost 3 year old took a sip and made a face but didn't spit it out. :) I will let you know how the mint affects the taste.

Any great wisdom on rotator cuff healing is appreciated! Thanks! I am also using DMSO, Castor Oil, essential oils and comfrey poultices topically.

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Mama To Many Donate

Good morning!

I made my green comfrey/turmeric smoothie this morning and added some mint leaves - a couple of tablespoons. (Fresh.) I could have added more. I like mint. But it does improve the flavor some, if you like mint, that is.

My shoulder is feeling improved this morning. I won't go suggesting that this smoothie will cure rotator issues overnight. I suspect my strain/injury/whatever was quite mild in the scheme of things. (Rotator cuff injuries are dreadful and the recovery from surgery (if you get to that point) is brutal.)

By the way, the only critical ingredients were the comfrey, turmeric, pepper and milk kefir. Bananas could be used instead of cucumber. (One banana.) And I would leave out the nutritional yeast if I used banana. Whole milk or some water with a teaspoon of coconut oil could be substituted for the milk kefir.

Have a great day!

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Yari
Mama, I have rotator due bad sleeping lying on one side, so is there any natural way to recover from rotator cuff, and can I start weight lifting after recovry, cause weight lifting is good for bone problem prevention.
Replied by Mama To Many Donate

Dear Yari,

I felt the comfrey/turmeric smoothie helped me very much. I don't know if you would have those ingredients available where you live.

Turmeric, alone, may work quite well. 1 teaspoon 2-3 times a day, with a full glass of water each time. Turmeric is a wonderful anti-inflammatory.

Rest your arm/shoulder as much as possible. I kept mine in a sling for a little while. Ice for 10 minutes at a time several times a day may help with the pain and inflammation.

Regarding lifting weights, I would wait until you have healed from your injury and then start very slowly and gradually work up to more, so that you do not aggravate your condition.

~Mama to Many~

Massage, Acupuncture, Traumeel, Icing  

5 star (1) 

Posted by Kym (Niagara, Canada) on 06/14/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I have severe elbow pain from both tennis elbow and golfers elbow caused by trauma to my elbow and then repetitive use. What has helped make it bearable for me is massage and acupuncture. I also use Traumeel cream on the elbow and Traumeel tablets dissolved in mouth 3x daily for relief of pain and inflammation. If the pain is bad and elbow is very inflamed, such as after alot of use, try icing for 10mins or an ice massage (rub an ice cube over affected area for 3-5mins should feel cold,then burny, then achy, then numb be sure to stop when it starts feeling numb). I also wear an elbow brace to support the elbow this helps alot if you have to use your elbow alot.

Shoulder - Torn Labrum  

Posted by Michael (New York) on 12/12/2013

Hi, my name is Mike. I have a partial tear of my right shoulder labrum and was wondering if you knew of any other treatments beside surgery and rehab. I am in a lot of pain from it but refuse to get surgery or be on constant pain killers or have a cortisone shot. please help me. I heard injection into the site with hydrogen peroxide would work and some other stuff. What do you recommend? Sincerely, Michael


Posted by Francisca (Zug, Switzerland) on 03/05/2012

I have had a bit of bad news today and I need a bit of advice, if possible! A while ago I did something stupid in the swimming pool and somehow tore a tendon in my left arm. Since then I have pain doing certain movements and in bed at night. The bone surgeon told me today that I need an operation where they make little holes, correct the growth that is now on the tendon and will be immobilized for 6 weeks. After that I will need a lot of exercises in order for my arm to get back to normal. Only half of the tendon is torn, the other half is working but stressed out because it works for both halves.

My question is, is there maybe another option than an operation? My brother-in-law had a similar problem in his knee and had steroids injected, he is ok now. My husband had the same problem with a sports injury many years ago, decided not to go for the operation and eventually got better. I am 54, so not one of the youngest. Is the operation the only way or is there something else one could try first? The surgeon told me that if I go for physiotherapy I will be better part of the time but sometimes I will get worse. I don't know what to do! As we are new here I don't know where else to go either and I need to decide quickly because otherwise in the middle of May we will move to the French countryside for some months and there things will be even more difficult! I can't stay this way because even if I mostly have no pain I do have pain doing some unexpected movements and I never know which ones!

Trace Minerals  

5 star (1) 

Posted by Tami (Chattanooga, TN) on 08/04/2007
5 out of 5 stars

My right knee was injured playing softball. A very smart alternative health practitioner told me that all illness, ie staph, strep and any virus, etc goes to the injury area. She said if you want any injury area to heal, you need to give it added nutrition and support. Since I had some liquid Trace Minerals at home, I put a quarter size amount on my palm and rubbed it onto my knee. After doing this for two weeks my right knee felt stronger than my good left knee. Later playing racquetball, I injured my left knee - and the Trace Minerals came thru again! I now apply liquid Trace Minerals directly externally over my heart, liver, kidneys, pancreas and colon. Plus my knees! This is incredible!

Vinegar Soak  

5 star (1) 

Posted by TAN KOON PENG (SINGAPORE) on 06/22/2008
5 out of 5 stars

To relieve sore muscles from exercise soak in a warm tub with about 2 cups of vinegar poured into the water.. It will help with the soreness tremendously...Its actually best if you can soak with the vinegar after strenuous excercise, (before the soreness sets in), BUT, it will still help alleviate some of the soreness that is already there and you wil feel better soon.

Strawberry tea is good for muscle cramping and tightening. Some people like the tea leaves green but it tastes like straw.