When you put too much stress on a muscle or tendon, you risk overstretching it and causing a strain. Many people who sustain this type of injury do so during overexerting tasks at work or while playing sports, but people can also sustain this injury if they do repetitive tasks that strain the muscles, such as twisting or gripping.
If you or a loved one pulled a muscle and caused a strain, our chiropractors at Specific Care Chiropractic want to help you begin your recovery. We offer muscle strain treatment in Cape Coral, which can help you heal the muscle and/or tendon at a safe, gradual pace so that the tissue can repair and strengthen.
We Will Build a Treatment Plan Based on the Type of Muscle Strain You Have
Before we apply any chiropractic care to your injury, we will first assess what type of muscle strain you have, which can depend on what caused the strain. There are two types of strains, which are:
Acute Muscle Strains
Acute strains stem from a specific event that caused significant stress to the muscle. For example, if you overestimate the amount of weight you lift at the gym, you might cause a muscle strain while lifting weight beyond your limit.
Chronic Muscle Strains
Chronic strains, however, are a result of repetitive stress on your muscles over time. If you have a physically taxing job, such as construction or landscaping, you may be more likely to develop a muscle strain based on your daily activities. People who engage in physically demanding sports can also risk sustaining a chronic muscle strain if they do not take care of themselves properly.
Once we understand what type of strain you have, we might first recommend rest to allow the muscle to repair some tissue before we begin treatment. We often use physiotherapy to relax and restrengthen muscles, but this treatment should be monitored and done gradually to avoid causing further injury.
Our Treatment for Strained Muscles Can Include Physiotherapy and Chiropractic Care
When you come in for an appointment at our Cape Coral location, one of our staff members will ask about your injury so that we can create a personalized treatment plan that appropriately meets your needs. For example, some of these questions might include:
- When were you injured, or how long have you felt pain because of the muscle strain?
- What alleviates the muscle pain? What worsens the muscle pain?
- Do you experience pain outside from where the injury is located? (e.g., you have a strain in your lower back, but you also feel pain down your leg.)
Next, we may have you undergo an X-ray exam and other tests to diagnose your injury, then discuss our recommended treatments to address your pain. At Specific Care Chiropractic, we practice various types of adjustment and physiotherapy techniques.
Cape Coral Muscle Strains Treatments Using Physiotherapy
We use the following physiotherapies to treat muscle strains:
As you receive chiropractic adjustments, you most likely will require corrective care to match the progression of your body’s healing. Your chiropractor will ask whether you’ve experienced flare-ups or discomfort in new locations, then adjust their techniques to realign your body or relax the muscles.
Ultrasound therapy is a technological-based treatment that uses sound waves for deep muscle penetration. This is good for sports-related injuries and encourages muscle regeneration.
Electrical Muscle Stimulation (E-STIM) Therapy
This technological-based treatment uses electricity to stimulate the muscles and promote tissue repair.
Rehabilitation for muscle strains often involves learning new exercises, posture, and functional form so that you can learn to do regular activities again without reinjuring yourself.
Stretching and Strengthening Therapy
We can teach you appropriate stretches or strengthening exercises to help your muscles maintain mobility, grow, or become more flexible.
Massage therapy can be a great way to relax the muscles, encouraging better blood flow and durability.
One of our physicians will explain which methods they will use as part of your treatment plan as not all therapies may be suitable to treat your strained muscle.
At our facility, we use evidence-based chiropractic care to treat muscle strains. The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that patients with acute or chronic strains who received chiropractic care significantly reduced their pain levels after treatment.
As such, our physicians practice the following chiropractic adjustment techniques:
- Diversified adjustments
- Seated diversified adjustments
- Side posture
- Sacral-occipital technique (SOT)
- Toggle recoil
- Thompson Drop-Table Technique
- Manual extremities
Before getting adjusted, you will have the opportunity to ask questions about the techniques we use.
We Can Forward Information to Your Lawyer to Assist With Workers’ Compensation Claims
As mentioned, muscle strains can be the result of physically taxing work. So, if you suffered a strained muscle while working, you may be entitled to file for workers’ compensation through your employer. Some common examples of workers who qualify include:
- Construction workers
- Road workers
- Landscapers and gardeners
- Warehouse and factory workers
- Mail delivery workers, including truck loaders
- Retail workers
Whether you injured yourself while working on a construction site off Cape Coral Parkway or while unloading goods from a truck for a retail store, you may be eligible to file for compensation from your employer.
Documentation We Can Provide to Your Lawyer for Your Claim
Once you sign the medical release form that grants your attorney permission to receive documentation about your care, we can send the following information to support your case:
- Medical records, including test results
- Copies of X-ray images and other medical scans requested
- Treatment plan for your muscle strain
- Statements about your current medical costs
- Estimates for future medical costs
If necessary, we may be able to testify in your case. Also, if you are filing for workers’ compensation without a lawyer but are finding it difficult, we may be able to refer you to someone in our network. In some cases, you might also be able to file a personal injury lawsuit if another party besides your employer is liable for your injury.
Contact Us to Schedule Cape Coral Muscle Strains Treatments
If a muscle strain is causing you significant pain and discomfort, consider getting chiropractic care at our Cape Coral location. At our facility, we provide a thorough examination to find the root cause of your pain and create a personalized treatment plan. That way, you not only work toward healing the strained muscle but strengthening it as well.