Sprains and strains are common with almost all activities from just doing household and yard work, to workplace activities, to playing sports. Whether you are a trained athlete, a weekend warrior, or an elderly individual we can help you. While the list of sprains and strains could be endless here are a few common ones we typically see.
Hip Flexor Strain
Your hip flexors are located around you hip. They can be injured with activities like sprinting, climbing a hill, or any sudden movement of your hip. You may find some pain, soreness, and even bruising in the thigh area. Rest, ice, range of motion activities, and stretching activities with the assist of a physical therapist will help.
Your hamstrings are found on the back of your thigh. They are commonly injured from activity and more likely if you don’t warm up or stretch before exercising. They can also be injured if you have tight hip flexors and weak glute musculature as they all work together and need proper muscle balance.
Your groin muscles are often strained during quick lateral movement and a common sports injury. Stretching and range of motion exercises will help you recover.
A lumbar strain is one of the most common causes of low back pain. It usually occurs due to overuse, improper use, or trauma. The result is damaged muscle and tendons that can spasm and feel sore. There are certain risk factors that can increase the likelihood of a lumbar strain: excessive lower back curvature, forward tilted pelvis, weak back or abdominal muscles, tight hamstrings are just a few. Physical Therapy can help through a rest, modalities, stretching and strengthening exercises as it heals, braces and/or protective equipment, and education on proper use of your back.
Your rotator cuff is often strained by the stretching or tearing of muscle or tendons. It can also happen when the shoulder is in one position for long periods of time, or even from having poor posture. The shoulder is a very mobile joint and with increased mobility comes decreased stability. Often times the supporting musculature of your shoulder and scapula are weak leading to a shoulder injury. Your physical therapist can guide you in activities to decrease inflammation, regain range of motion, and strengthen the complex musculature to bring you back.
Not sure if you have a sprain, strain, or injury? Not sure if you need any therapy right now? Schedule a free consultation with us to let us help you decide what the best next step is for you is. It may include a recommendation to seek further orthopedic evaluation from an orthopedic specialist or possibly scheduling a physical therapy evaluation in our clinic. For more information or to schedule your free consultation, please contact us at 501-463-9057 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.