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From Sprains to Strains: Understanding and Managing Common Musculoskeletal Injuries

Updated: Jan 20

When a muscle or ligament is strained or ripped, the result is a common injury known as a sprain or strain. Disruption of the ligaments (the bands of tissue connecting bones) is referred to as a sprain, whereas disruption of the muscle fibres or tendons is referred to as a strain. Pain, swelling, bruising, and trouble moving are just some of the many symptoms that can result from these injuries, which can range in intensity from moderate to severe.

Overuse, incorrect lifting, and falls are all potential sources of sprains and strains. Modern culture sees a rise in these kinds of injuries among athletes because of the high-impact nature of many popular sports and activities, which can cause significant damage to muscles and ligaments. There may have been less cases of sprains and strains in the past because individuals were less active and participated in activities that were easier on the body.

In most cases, rest, ice, and over-the-counter pain medicine are all that's needed to treat a sprain or strain. All of these techniques can help alleviate some of the pain and swelling that come along with an injury. More intensive medical treatments or physical therapy may be required for more severe situations. Depending on the severity of the injury and its lack of response to conservative treatment, a patient may require more invasive procedures such corticosteroid injections or surgery to restore mobility and strength.

Sprains and sprains respond well to massage therapy as well. Some of the pain associated with these injuries can be alleviated with massage therapy due to its beneficial effects on muscular tension, circulation, and relaxation. Massage may help some people with sprains and strains, but you should check with your doctor before trying anything new.

The use of correct lifting techniques and the wearing of appropriate footwear can help reduce the risk of sprains and strains. In addition to warming up the muscles and lowering the chance of injury, stretching before exercise can aid. It is possible to control the symptoms of sprains and strains and keep up a good level of physical function by following these measures and getting the necessary treatment when necessary.

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