Sprain / Strain

About Sprain / Strain

Sprains and strains are very common in the hand, wrist, and elbow. 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 which cause injury through tearing of the tissue. The tears can range from micro to full thickness which may require surgical intervention. When the tear occurs, swelling begins as part of the inflammation process, causing pain and difficulty with movement. The first step in treating sprains or strains in the wrist, elbow, hand, or fingers typically is to rest, ice, and elevate the arm.

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 intact. After we pinpoint the injured area, we formulate a treatment plan that will relieve your swelling, pain, and begin restoring your range of motion.

The goal of physical therapy is to restore your normal range of motion and strength. We work closely with you to maximize your recovery so you can return to the activities you love to do. Call Bay State Physical Therapy today to discover how we can effectively treat your sprains or strains.