Muscle injury occurs mainly when the muscles are pulled beyond its normal capacity. It can also occur because the muscle I torn or has swelled up or is bruised. As a result you will feel a constant pain in the area and will experience difficulty in moving the concerned part of the body. Depending on the severity of the muscle injury the doctors recommend the kind of physiotherapy treatments one needs to undergo. Some of these treatments are mentioned below:
• Cold Therapy:
• Heat Therapy:
o Hot compress
o Hot moist pack (HMP)
In most of the cases, the use of heat therapy is avoided in the first few days of the injury especially when the swelling is still present. Only when the swelling has subsided that it is best to opt for this therapy. It is advisable to contact your doctor regarding this therapy. He is at a better position to recommend when to opt for this treatment.
Is heat therapy appropriate for sports injury?
In addition to the different therapies, majority of the doctors recommend physiotherapy exercise in order to bring the pain and stiffness under control. Carrying out different types of exercises is an important part of muscle strain physiotherapy rehabilitation. Ask your physiotherapist to teach you several exercises that can be carried out at home and can be easily practiced without any kind of monitoring or supervision. After a few weeks of exercise you will automatically notice that your muscle flexibility and movement of the concerned body part has improved a lot. The kind of exercises that you will practice will be chosen by your physiotherapist depending on the kind of muscle strain you are suffering from. Some of the popular exercises include the following:
• Range of motion exercises
• Stretching exercises
• General conditioning exercises
• Progressive strengthening exercises
In several cases, exercise and therapies are not enough; one might have to undergo surgery as well. But whether you need surgery or not will be decided by your doctor depending on the condition of your muscle strain or the muscles torn. But whatever the case, physiotherapy exercises are a must in order to ensure the flexibility and proper movement of the body part. Your physiotherapist and your doctor are the best persons to decide on the kind of treatment that is required by you. Don’t forget that the main aim of your treatment should be to minimize the pain so that you can regain the flexibility of the concerned body part and are able to carry out all your normal and daily activities.