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Help for Muscle Pain/Sprain in Surrey

hands grasping knee in painMuscle sprains and strains are common injuries that affect many people, frequently disrupting daily activities due to pain and discomfort. Although the terms are often used interchangeably, they refer to different types of injuries.

What Are Muscle Strains and Sprains?

A muscle or joint strain is the overstretching or tearing of muscles or tendons. This type of injury is common in the hamstrings and lower back. In contrast, a sprain involves the overstretching or tearing of ligaments, the tough bands of fibrous tissue that connect bones at joints. Common sites for sprains include the ankles, wrists, and knees.

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Symptoms to Watch For

Both sprains and strains manifest through pain at the injury site, swelling, and limited flexibility and motion of the affected area. However, a key difference is that sprains may lead to bruising around the affected joint, while strains typically do not. Strains can cause muscle spasms, whereas sprains impact joint function more severely.

Common Causes and Risk Factors

These injuries can stem from various activities, whether through sudden actions or gradual, repetitive motion. Common causes include lifting heavy objects improperly, falling, or engaging in athletic activities without proper preparation. Risk factors intensify based on lifestyle; for instance, not exercising regularly or failing to warm up properly before physical activities can increase susceptibility to these injuries.

Effective Prevention Techniques

Prevention is crucial in avoiding the discomfort associated with sprains and strains. It involves maintaining a regular exercise regimen, ensuring proper warm-up and cool-down during workouts, and adopting correct posture and lifting techniques. Regularly engaging in strength and flexibility training, such as yoga or Pilates, can also fortify the body’s defenses against such injuries.

The First Visit: A Thorough Exam

To make a diagnosis, we’ll review the patient’s health history and do a thorough physical exam and neurological testing as needed. If we feel that something might be broken, we will request an X-ray. That’s usually not the case, however.

Treatment Options

Initial treatment for both sprains and strains can be remembered by the acronym RICE: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. This method helps manage swelling and pain during the first 24 to 48 hours post-injury. For ongoing care and recovery, we may recommend one or more of the following treatments:

Schedule an Appointment

If you suspect you have sustained a muscle sprain or strain, we want to help you heal. Contact Back & Body Wellness Centre today to book an appointment.

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Help for Muscle Pain/Sprain Surrey, Langley BC | (604) 594-3808