As you can imagine some of the most common injuries we treat are strains and
More common than
This over stretching causes some pain. But after some rest the muscle heals and returns to its original shape.
But not if you go too far
Every time there’s an injury, you actually strain the muscle first. Since it’s the first line of defense. So if you were to roll your ankle the muscle tries to stabilize that movement. But if the muscle isn’t strong enough it tears and moves to the ligament.
If the ligament tears you get a
So a strain and
How do you heal a strain?
The first thing is rest and ice. Then you slowly introduce stretching and strengthening. This is where people make a mistake because they try to get to the stretching/strengthening too soon.
You need to rest and allow the pain to go down. You can actually makes things worse by not allowing enough time to rest.
But with most ligaments there’s a muscle that helps do the same action. So to compensate you can build up those muscles. Otherwise known as the first line of defense to protect the
Ice reduces the pain and inflammation. But the ligament is always in a weakened state.
A strain happens to a muscle or tendon from overuse or a sudden movement like darting towards the net while playing tennis. After plenty of rest the strain will heal.