Physiotherapy Can Relieve the Discomfort From Everyday Sprains, Strains, & Pains.
Sore shoulder muscles? Sprain an ankle? General aches and pains?
These are the common problems we hear when new patients call to book a physiotherapy assessment. Sometimes (muscle or tendon) strains are the result of years’ worth of sitting at a desk or hammering in nails. Sometimes (joint or ligament) sprains happen out on the soccer field or when stepping off the curb wrong. And sometimes, it feels like your whole body was hit by a wrecking ball.
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Physiotherapists Get to the Root of the Problem
How Physiotherapy Helps Treat Strains
Strains are described as a stretching or tearing of muscle or tendon. It can be painful or achy and is usually worse after an activity. Repetitive strains define an overuse problem of prolonged stress in a particular area. It can often cascade into other problems such is known with carpal tunnel syndrome.
A few ways physiotherapists can help:
- Evaluating the extent of muscle injury
- Determine if a period of rest is needed and for how long
- Hands on tissues techniques such as massage, release, stretching
- Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS); a needling technique used to treat over-worked muscles and nerves
- Taping or bracing as needed
- Teaching you new ways to use your body to reduce strain on your muscles; this often refers to posture and general habits or ergonomics
Identifying & Treating Sprains
Sprains are described as an injury or over-stretching of the connecting tissue called a ligament, which helps hold a joint together. It usually accompanies pain, swelling, bruising, and temporary loss of use of that body part.
A physiotherapist helps by:
- Evaluating the tendon injury as mild, moderate or severe
- Determine how long the protective period (rest) should be
- Reducing pain by using proven techniques and skills such as hands on massage of the connective tissues, ultrasound, Interferential Current (IFC), or therapeutic taping
- Regaining motion of the affected joint
- Increasing strength of the surrounding muscles
- Looking at your functional and/or sport goals and providing exercises to meet those activity demands
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