Dealing with Injuries and Other Muscular Problems
Dealing with injuries when you get injured, is best done by consulting with a prestigious health practitioner who knows about musculoskeletal health and injuries. Receiving a specific diagnosis for you injury is important. Ask if the injury is a muscle strain or tear, an irritated bursa, a ligament sprain, or a tendon pull. You should not just settle for a general diagnosis, such as, “Something in your hip is inflamed.” You need to ask for the specific treatment and find out the name of the particular muscle, ligament or bursa involved. The names used for our muscles can be long and some are not easy to pronounce. If you’re not familiar with the name of the injury your doctor gives you, make sure to have her or him write the name for you to research about it later.
What if you can’t get immediate help? The acronym, R.I.C.E., which is for strains and sprains is very much applicable here:
Rest the area and remind yourself to avoid further injury.
Ice should be applied on the affected area for at least ten minutes to every two to three hours to decrease swelling and the pain.
Compress the area with an elastic bandage from the first-aid kit or wrap to reduce the swelling.
Elevate the area to ease the drainage of fluid from the injured area.
Determine whether to use heat or ice by keeping in mind the condition of the involved tissues. If an area swells after use, it probably wasn’t ready to be worked. You should generally rest and ice an injury for 48 to 72 hours, but this really depends on the severity and degree of damage.
Most people have had the chance to experience agonizing muscle pulls, yet when it comes to treatment, deciding on the best course of action can be confusing. Understanding the two primary pain conditions should help figure out which treatment to use.
Tendonitis and Bursitis
Tendonitis and bursitis are two common musculoskeletal conditions. You get to have tendonitis only when your one of your muscle tendons is inflamed. Tendons are located at the tips of our muscles, where they attach to bones. When a tendon is inflamed, chronic or acute pain occurs every time the joint or muscle is moved.
Bursitis occurs when the bursa is inflamed. Bursas are sacs filled with fluid. They surround the muscle tendons or joints; these sacs function to guide and lubricate the muscles and joints. Bursitis have common symptoms such as severe pain it is touched or moved and limited range of motion. Professionals from the health care community diagnose bursitis and tendonitis by palpating, examining, and taking a history of the injury.
Dealing with injuries such as these does not seem difficult. Fortunately, if tendonitis or bursitis is not severe, it may heal without any long-lasting effects. Complete healing time can range form two to six weeks, depending on the severity of the injury and adherence to a good treatment plan. Restoration using proper joint motion, rehabilitative strengthening and stretching, as well as physical therapy are extremely effective. These treatment methods prevent tissue scarring, help alleviate pain, and return the injured area to as close to normal function as possible. An injury will probably heal completely as long as it is treated with competent care. Dealing with injuries properly will save you time, money and most importantly, save your life.
Of course, the very best way when dealing with injuries is preventing injuries before they happen. Always remember that your well-being is the top priority in your list. Proper stretching and warm ups before doing any physical activities and listen to what your body is telling you. Stop exercising before you feel pain or discomfort.