Summertime brings about more activity and more activity could result in more injuries. Growing up you heard be careful or you might fall and break something. However, bones are not the only thing that could be injured. Many activities can also lead to damaging our soft-tissue. Soft tissue injuries are injuries affecting a muscle, a tendon, or a ligament. Below are the differences between these injuries and what to do to before seeing your doctor.
A sprain is a stretch or tear to a ligament, which are the bands of fibrous tissue that connects two bones at the joint. The most common places a ligament sprain occurs is the ankle, knee, wrist, and thumb. You may hear and feel a popping sound where the ligament sprain occurred. Other signs of a sprain are swelling, inflammation, joint or muscle pain, and bruising.
A strain is a stretch or tear to a muscle or tendon, which are the fibers that connect the muscles to the bones. Common types of strains can take place in the back, legs and ankles, elbows, and hands. Signs of a strain are swelling, muscle weakness/spasms, pain or tenderness, redness, and bruising.
A tear is the ripping of fibrous tissue in ligaments, muscles, and tendons. The greater the tear, the more inflammation, pain, and recovery time you will experience.
Whether you have a sprain, strain, or tear the R.I.C.E. therapy is recommended as one of your first treatments to relieve pain and help with swelling.
- Rest: Stop all activity and rest as much as possible without putting weight on the injured area for up to 48 hours.
- Ice: Apply an ice pack wrapped in a towel to the injured area for 20 minutes at a time every 2-3 hours up to the first 48 hours after injury.
- Compression: Wrap the injured area with an elastic medical bandage to prevent swelling. Make sure the fit is snug but not too tight to cut off circulation.
- Elevation: Keep the injured area elevated and raised above the level of the heart to reduce pain and swelling.
Continuous use of these soft-tissues could over time cause pain and discomfort. If you are in the Lake Forest or surrounding areas, stop living with the pain and call Advanced Healing Institute to find out about regenerative medicine using PRP (platelet rich plasma). PRP uses the patient’s blood to assist in the repair of the damaged soft-tissue. If you are experiencing pain due to a sprain, strain, or tear contact Dr. Reza Dehdari at Advanced Healing Institute to get some relief.
Posted on behalf of Advanced Healing Institute
22972 El Toro Road
Lake Forest, CA, 92630
Phone: (949) 239-3206