Muscle Strains and Spasms

Muscle strains and spasms are something not to ignore. It is important to recuperate from the problem so you can live a better daily life. A torn muscle is commonly neglected medically, and should be treated through physical therapy to make sure there are no misdiagnoses. The question remains, how do we obtain a muscle strain or spasm, and how can we recover from them. Here are important facts to know.

A muscle strain or pulled muscle is damage to your muscle and or tendons. The tendons are fibrous cords or tissues that attach muscles to the bone. The most common location on the body for a strain is foot, leg, and back. The symptoms of a strain are pain, muscle spasm, muscle weakness, swelling, inflammation, and cramping. It is recommended to practice R.I.C.E. (rest, ice, compression and elevation) for a strain. It is also helpful to visit your physical therapist for exercise to relieve pain and restore mobility. Sports such as soccer or football are risks for strains. Athletes involved in quick starts such as gymnastics, and sports that require gripping, like tennis, are other dangers for strains.

Muscles spasms are involuntary contraction of a muscle. This results from a muscle being overstretched or torn. These spasms can affect many different parts of the body which can lead to many different symptoms. However the most common ones are of the skeletal muscles. This is caused by overuse, dehydration and electrolyte abnormalities. Activities that can cause this are shoveling snow, mowing, as well as exercising in a hot environment. They are painful but are commonly short-lived. It is important to know that if muscle spasms are extremely painful or they continue to recur, to seek professional help. It should be noted to regularly complete dynamic stretches before exercising or activities so that muscles are less likely to risk a strain or spasm.

Madison Physical Therapy is located in two Brooklyn locations, Bay Ridge and Sheepshead Bay. Our team is invested and dedicated to support your unique needs, whether that is a sports injury, traumatic injury, surgery or pain. We are available seven days a week to provide the best possible outcome for you. Contact one of our two locations to begin your recovery.