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KEEP YOURSELF SAFE FROMMUSCLE STRAINS DURING UPCOMING FALL SPORTS
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 tomake than youmay 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. Yourmusclesandbonesareconnectedbytendons. 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.
How can physical therapy help with muscle strains? At Beyond Limits Physical Therapy, our physical therapists will create a treatment plan for you, based on your individual needs. Physical therapy is anatural andholisticapproach tohealing, including services such as: • Manual therapy. This may include massage or joint mobilizations. • Modalities. This may include specialized treatments that your physical therapist has been certified to perform, such as ultrasound or electrical stimulation. • Therapeutic exercises. Our physical therapists are highly experienced in both diagnosing and treating muscle strains. Are you seeking treatment for a muscle strain or looking for ways to avoid them during your upcoming fall season? Contact Beyond Limits Physical Therapy today to find out how you can have a successful fall sports season, free from the pains of muscle strains!www.beyondlimitspt.com
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