Muscular Injuries refer to Muscle Sprains and Strains in the human body. Sprains and Strains can be simple and resolve in a short period of time, though the more severe the injury, the more painful it may be.
Muscular Sprains and Strains can be localised to different muscles depending on the nature of the injury. Additionally, muscular injuries may present with a consistent pattern of aggravation and ease. Simple muscle injuries can resolve in a matter of days or weeks, while complex or severe injuries may take additional time to resolve. Exceptionally severe injuries may require surgical treatment to stabilise the muscle.
Muscle Sprains and Strains can be caused by a number of factors, given the complex anatomy of the muscles of the human body as well as their spatial and functional relationship with ligaments, nerves, bones, and other muscles. Because of this, muscular pain can be referred to as a bio-mechanical problem. Pain can arise due to damage to the muscle belly, the tendons and ligaments supporting the muscle, or due to neurological causes to name a few. Diagnosis of muscular pain will also be affected by the length of time the pain has been experienced.
Muscular pain can be further complicated by physical factors like weakness or stiffness, practical factors like your work environment, and fear surrounding treatment and progression of the pain.
Management of Muscle Injuries depends on the cause of the pain, how it feels and changes during the day, what makes it better and worse, and the length of time you have been experiencing that pain. All of these factors will be addressed in your initial assessment, which is the first step toward managing and minimising any pain or discomfort. The treatment you receive will be tailored to address the specific cause of your Muscle Injuries, and will focus on minimising pain, maximising your ability to move pain-free, and developing a plan to minimise the risk of a flare-up in the future.
At Atlas Physio, we will provide you with education, structured management, and ongoing monitoring of your pain both in-clinic and out. Contact us to arrange an assessment, and to take the first step on a course of corrective care today.