Sprains and Strains are some of the most common injuries seen among athletes.

This is generally due to the high intrinsic demands we put on our bodies to compete. External factors also influence these types of injures such as; Being tackled, Uneven playing surface, Landing poorly.

SPRAINS

A sprain is a stretched or torn ligament. Ligaments are tissues that connect bones at a joint. Falling, twisting, or getting hit can all cause a sprain. Ankle, Knee and Wrist Sprains are very common.

A ligament sprain will be graded (1-3) depending on pain, range of motion and ability to weight bear. These factors will highlight the severity of the sprain and determine adequate treatment type and rest period.

Symptoms include pain, swelling, bruising, and being unable to move your joint. You might feel a pop or tear when the injury happens.

STRAINS

A strain is a stretched or torn muscle or tendon. Tendons are tissues that connect muscle to bone. Twisting or pulling these tissues can cause a strain. Strains can happen suddenly or develop over time. Back and hamstring muscle strains are extremely common.

A Muscle or tendon strain will be graded (1-3) depending on pain, range of motion and strength. These factors will highlight the severity of the strain and determine adequate treatment type and rest period.

Symptoms include pain, muscle spasms, swelling, and trouble moving the muscle.

TREATMENT

At first, treatment of both Sprains and Strains usually involves resting the injured area, we like to follow the RICER principles for acute injury to prevent further damage for the first 48 hours.

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R – Rest

I – Ice

C – Compression

E – Elevation

R – Referral

Our Myotherapists are trained to thoroughly assess Strains and Sprains and will put together an individualised treatment plan to help relieve pain and restore normal function back to your body. They will also provide advice on adequate rest and corrective exercises for rehabilitation.

Depending on your presentation treatment may include a combination of the following techniques:

  • Soft and Deep Tissue Massage
  • Myofascial Cupping
  • Myofascial Dry Needling
  • Stretching
  • TENS
  • Hot and Cold Therapies
  • Taping
  • Postural and Corrective Exercises

 

If you are experiencing a Sprain or Strain or know someone who is call Essential Health on 9663 5134 to book an appointment today or to further discuss how Myotherapy will benefit you.