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Physical Therapy for Pulled Muscles and Ligament Sprains Is a pulled muscle or sprained ligament altering your lifestyle?

How do you feel?

Pulled muscles and sprained ligaments are often the result of what we call a blunt traumatic event, such as rolling your ankle coming off the stairs or pulling a back muscle while moving your couch.

Pain is sudden, sharp, and often severe. The effects of a sprained ligament or pulled muscle can last for months if not treated immediately. It can impact your daily comfort and your ability to perform basic daily functions, such as driving your car, climbing stairs, or sleeping comfortably.

And while medical treatments often focus on pain management while your body heals, reinjuring the site is very common.

At SOPT we focus on rebuilding your tissue strength and elasticity as soon as possible to minimize your chances of reinjuring yourself.

Here are some of the most common pulled muscles and ligament sprains that we treat:

  • Pulled Neck and Back Muscles
    This is the most common injury that we suffer and covers a wide range of muscle pulls and tears that create tenderness, swelling, and stiffness in your neck and back.
  • Sprained Ankle
    This happens when the ankle twists unnaturally and puts stress on the ligaments connecting the foot to the lower leg.
  • Sprained Wrist
    A common injury during a fall when you put your hand out to catch yourself and your hand stretches backwards towards your wrist.
  • ACL and MCL Tears
    Stress to the ligaments that connect femur (thigh bone) to tibia (shin bone) through the knee joint can create tears requiring surgery to correct.
  • Pulled Hamstring
    A pull, tear, or rupture of the muscles on the back of the thigh making it difficult to walk or straighten your leg.
  • Pulled Groin
    An injury or tear to the inner muscles of the thigh common to athletes.

What are the common causes?

  1. Pulled muscles and sprained ligaments are common injuries that are difficult to avoid because they happen so quickly.
    • You step off the bottom stair wrong and you twist your ankle.
    • You pick up your child and she twists in your arms causing you to wrench your back.
    • You have a super stressful week at work and the tension pulls a muscle in your neck.
  2. We have all had these experiences or ones similar to them. At the end of the day, the causes of such injuries are often unpredictable and unavoidable.
  3. However, the severity of your injury is often attributable to a lack of muscle strength, flexibility, and mobility. The degree to which you exercise, stretch, and remain active can protect you from such injuries. Beginning your PT immediately after an injury will speed up the healing process and protect you from re-injuring yourself or suffering a new trauma.

“Back and knee problems have diminished considerably since attending physical therapy. I highly recommend SOPT for anyone needing services.”

– Michelle

How Do I Know it’s Time for Specialized Orthopedic Physical Therapy?

  • You have just pulled a muscle or sprained a ligament. It is time for a PT regimen to strengthen your muscles, improve your flexibility, and increase your mobility so you don’t reinjure yourself.
  • You may have seen other physical therapists in the past but the pain never left or has returned.
  • You only want treatment with a licensed PT, not a string of PT Assistants.
  • You want hands-on treatment from the same PT every visit so he or she can treat you more personally and more effectively.
  • You want access to the best and most current techniques from a fully licensed PT.
  • Remember, you do NOT need a referral from your PCP to see a PT (unless your insurance dictates otherwise). And you have the right to see any PT you choose for treatment of your pain and injuries. Feel free to call our office and we can help you determine if a PCP referral is needed. (401) 384-6490