MUSCULAR INJURIES

By developing effective treatments for clients suffering from spinal injuries, degenerative joint disease, and muscular disorders, we use advanced training and hands-on know-how to guide you toward a pain-free life.

1. Hamstring/ quadricep strains, commonly called a ‘pulled muscle’, is most often due to sport injuries, improper lifting, or misstepping on uneven surfaces such as stairs or curbs. Strains an excessive stretch or tear of the muscle fibers and/ or tendon and are graded on a scale of 1-3 depending on severity.

Common signs and symptoms include bruising, swelling, redness and warmth over the area as well as pain with pressure to or contraction of the muscle. In extreme cases where a more severe tear is present, weakness or inability to move the body part is noted.

When a muscle strain is suspected it is best to call your healthcare provider immediately. Our physical therapists have found that patients respond best when treated quickly after injury so that the swelling, bruising, pain and tissue inflammation can be treated immediately and lessen your recovery time.

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2. Achilles tendonitis is generally caused by overuse of the calf muscle and achilles tendon and is most common in runners and walkers who are equipped with improper foot wear or who have surrounding muscle weakness, joint restriction or poor muscle flexibility in the lower extremities. This effects their gait and movement pattern leading to unusual wear and tear on the achilles tendon.

Symptoms include redness, swelling and warmth over the tendon as well as pain with walking, running or pointing and flexing the foot. Please send me more information on Achilles tendonitis.

3. Lowback strains are commonly due to improper lifting techniques, sport or work injuries, physical exertion and falling. Strains cause tiny tears in the muscle tissue and may even cause sprains to the ligaments along your spinal column. If the injury is not resolved and becomes chronic, the muscles weaken and the spine becomes less stable, causing continued low back pain.

Common signs and symptoms include:

  • Bruising, swelling
  • Redness and warmth over the area
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Pain with pressure to or contraction of the muscle

Because nerves exit from your spinal column and supply your lower limbs, low back strains can cause pain to refer to other areas of your body such as the buttocks and legs. When a muscle strain is suspected it is best to call your healthcare provider immediately.

Our physical therapists know that patients respond best when treated quickly after injury so that the swelling, bruising, pain and tissue inflammation can be treated immediately and lessen your recovery time. Send me more on how to prevent and treat lowback strains.

4. Cervical spine strains are commonly caused by prolonged awkward postures such as hunching, cradling the phone between your shoulder and ear, poor sleeping posture, heavy lifting and trauma such as whiplash.

Strains cause tiny tears in the muscle tissue and may even cause sprains to the ligaments along your spinal column. If the injury is not resolved and becomes chronic, the muscles weaken and the spine becomes less stable, causing continued neck pain and even headaches.

Common signs and symptoms include bruising, swelling, redness and warmth over the area as well as decreased range of motion and pain with pressure to or contraction of the muscle. Because nerves exit from your spinal column and supply your upper limbs, low back strains can cause pain to refer to other areas of your body such as your upper back and arms.

When a muscle strain is suspected it is best to call your healthcare provider immediately. Our physical therapists know that patients respond best when treated quickly after injury so that the swelling, bruising, pain and tissue inflammation can be treated immediately and lessen your recovery time. Send me more on cervical spine strains.

5. Calf strains are most often caused by sport injuries, falls or misstepping on uneven surfaces such as stairs or steps. Pain can be felt in the calf muscle, behind the knee and into the achilles tendon.

A strain is an excessive stretch or tear of the muscle fibers and/ or tendon. It is graded on a scale of 1-3 depending on severity and common signs and symptoms include bruising, swelling, redness and warmth over the area as well as pain with pressure to or contraction of the muscle.

In extreme cases where a more severe tear is present, weakness or inability to point the foot is noted. When a muscle strain is suspected it is best to call your healthcare provider immediately.

Our physical therapists have found that patients respond best when treated quickly after injury so that the swelling, bruising, pain and tissue inflammation can be treated immediately and lessen your recovery time. Click here to receive more on calf strains.

6. Plantar Fasciitis is a common cause of foot pain. Pain often occurs at the heel or arch of the foot. Most people with plantar fasciitis have pain when they take their first steps after they get out of bed in the morning or after sitting for a long time. Foot pain may also increase as the day goes on. Risk factors include:

  • High arches or flat feet.
  • If you walk, stand, or run for long periods of time, especially on hard surfaces.
  • Being overweight.
  • Wearing shoes that don’t fit well or are worn out.
  • Tight Achilles tendons or calf muscles.

Some things you can do at home to relieve pain include:

  • Cutting back on activities that increase your pain such as walking or running on hard surfaces.
  • Put ice on your heel(s) or rolling a frozen bottle of water under the arch of your foot.
  • Get a new pair of shoes with good arch support and a cushioned sole.