When you are involved in sports, there is a high likelihood that at some point or another you will sustain an injury, whether minor or major. If that sports-related injury is a muscle pull of some sort, there are several treatment options available to you. So, the next time you feel as though you pulled a muscle, head to the sports injury clinic with an idea of the treatment options available to you. This advanced knowledge of treatment options will help to streamline your treatment and get you back to practice and training before you know it.
Depending on the extent of your muscle strain, and whether or not you have muscle or tendon tearing, your doctor may recommend that you undergo physical therapy and rehabilitation following your injury. Physical therapy involves regular appointments to complete exercises, stretches, and muscle endurance tests to ensure that your muscle is healing properly and that your range of motion and strength is not permanently impaired.
This type of treatment is particularly beneficial to athletes who cannot afford to lose any range of motion when recovering from an injury. Physical therapy also involves techniques that sooth your muscle pain and stiffness including therapeutic whirlpools and the like.
Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS)
Intramuscular stimulation (IMS) is a relatively new technique that is used to treat acute sports-related injuries, including muscle strains (pulls). This treatment option actually takes methodology and techniques from the alternative medicine option of acupuncture.
IMS uses acupuncture needles inserted into the damaged or injured muscles. The needles stimulate the muscles to relax and ease any tension they were carrying providing near instantaneous pain relief. In addition, the IMS needles can stimulate your body to begin the healing process that will help you recover from your injuries faster and more efficiently.
Give It A Rest
Finally, as much as you may want to get back to practice as soon as possible, you should take the time to rest and heal before you get back to work. Follow the RICE technique and rest, ice, compression and elevation.
In addition to this basic resting and home treatment technique, you can also give massage therapy a try. This will help your muscles to relax as they heal and will help you to stay calm and relaxed as you deal with the stress of being away from your training and practice.
When you strain or pull a muscle while participating in sports, there are several treatments available to you. All you need to do is give these treatment options a try and get yourself healed as soon as possible.