Marketplace PT: Muscle Strains


Are you an athlete dedicated to a fall sport? The beginning of the school year is right around the corner, and it is important to make sure you know how to keep yourself safe during your upcoming fall sports. Did you know that according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, over 2 million high school athletes suffer from sports-related injuries annually? Additionally, 3.5 million kids under the age of 14 also receive treatment for sports-related injuries annually. This doesn’t even include the number of adult athletes that get injured from a sport. Muscle strains are one of the most common injuries among young athletes, and they can keep you out of the game for some time. Instead of sitting on the sidelines, you can significantly reduce your risk of sustaining a muscle strain with the help of physical therapy. At Marketplace Wellness, we are dedicated to helping athletes of all levels reach their optimum level of physical performance. Whatever age you are, or level of physical ability you may have, physical therapy can help you in enhancing the healing process of a muscle strain. We can help you improve your performance and prevent injuries, so you can make the most of your season! How do I know if I have a muscle strain? When sustaining an injury, it can sometimes be difficult to determine if it is a sprain or a strain. While they

may seem similar, the distinctions are actually easier to make than you may think. In order to know the differences between a sprain and a strain, you must first know the differences between a tendon and a ligament. Your bones are connected to one another by ligaments. When a ligament is stretched beyond its limits, a sprain can occur. Once the ligament is stretched, it is more likely that the affected area will be sprained again in the future. Your muscles and bones are connected by tendons. When a tendon is stretched beyond its limit, a strain or “pulled muscle” can occur. Once the tendon is stretched, it is more likely that the affected area will be strained again in the future. A strain can be acute, meaning that it happens as an immediate response to an injury, or chronic, meaning that it has developed over time due to performing the same repetitive motions over and over. Your physical therapist can diagnose a muscle strain and help you recover it. Additionally, your physical therapist can provide you with helpful tips and techniques for avoiding muscle strains in your specific sport. If you suspect you may have sustained a muscle strain, or you are looking for ways to prevent them, don’t hesitate to contact Marketplace Wellness today.

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