Strains & Sprains

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A muscle or ligament strain occurs when your muscle is pulled beyond its normal capacity resulting in a tear of the fibres causing pain, swelling, and bruising. You may also experience weakness and difficulty moving the involved limb. A sprain describes an over-stretching of the soft tissues again resulting in pain and compromised limb function.

How is it treated?

There are several physiotherapy treatment options for sprains and strains, depending on the severity of your injury.

What does treatment involve?

Performing exercises is an important part of your muscle and ligament rehabilitation. Your physiotherapist will teach you several exercises that can help you improve or maintain your flexibility and muscle strength and regain the body awareness and balance needed to return to your usual daily functioning. The type of exercises that you will perform will be determined by your physiotherapist. Exercises that you will perform may include:

In Summary

In severe cases of strain, the physiotherapist may recommend onward referral to an orthopaedic specialist to assess if surgery may be indicated. Your orthopaedic specialist may recommend you to undergo physiotherapy rehabilitation after surgery.

Your physiotherapist will determine the best physiotherapy treatment approach for you. The main goal of your rehabilitation is to return you to your usual activities as fast and safely possible.

What next?

If you would like to benefit from one of our treatments, then we would be happy to hear from you.

You can contact us by calling our reception between 6:30am-10pm, Monday-Friday and from 9am-5pm Saturday & Sunday on 01235 206777 or by using our contact form found here. We can then start to discuss a suitable treatment programme designed just for your needs. Thank you.