Sprain / Strain

Hip Sprains and Strains

Sprains refer to injuries of the ligaments (connecting bone to bone) and strains refer to injuries of the muscles or tendons (connecting muscle to bone). Sprains and strains occur from quick overstretching of the tissues causing micro-tearing and subsequent injury. Swelling begins as part of the inflammation process, causing pain, and limiting movement.

The first step in treating sprains or strains in the hip is to rest and use ice. There are different levels of sprains or strains from mild to severe. In some cases, the tearing can be complete and in need of surgical repair.

How physical therapy helps:

In most cases, physical therapy can effectively help you recover from a sprain or strain. We first evaluate the injured area to determine the extent of the injury and ensure that the ligaments or tendons are still intact. After we pinpoint the injured structure, we formulate a treatment plan that will quickly relieve your swelling, pain, and begin restoring range of motion.

The goal of physical therapy is to restore your normal range of motion and strength. No matter your activity level, we work closely with you to make sure you fully recover and can participate in the activities you love to do. Call Bay State Physical Therapy today to discover how we can effectively treat your sprains or strains.