A sprain is a stretch and/or tear of a ligament, a strong band of connective tissue that connect the end of one bone with another, such as ligaments in the knee that connect the shin to the thigh bone. Strains, on the other hand, are injuries to a muscle and/or tendons. Tendons are fibrous cords of tissue that attach muscles to the bone and generally occur in the foot, leg, hamstring or back.
If the injury is acute, it can generally be treated with the R.I.C.E. protocols.
If the pain, swelling and tenderness does not reduce significantly after the incident then our physical therapy program can help. Treatments may include a variety of modalities to reduce pain and swelling. Passive exercises may be used first to ensure movement with more rigorous exercises used to increase range of motion. Depending on the evaluation, a flexibility and strength training program is generally used.
Because our bodies change over the course of the lifetime, we approach each patient based on the age, general condition, and goals for recovery. Growing children will have different treatment plans than a pregnant woman who may have limited mobility. High-performance athletes will have a more intense rehabilitation program that may include heavy weights while a senior patient who’s main objective is to complete daily tasks pain free will have positive results from using exercise bands.
Regardless of your situation, together we will develop a customized plan that is appropriate for your age and lifestyle. Our goal at Progressive Physical Therapy is simply to help you return to daily activities and sports in the quickest and safest timeframe possible.