Accelerate Recovery By Moving Early!

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ACCELERATE YOUR RECOVERY WITH EARLY MOBILISATION OF SOFT TISSUE INJURIES

As winter sport rolls into the point edge of the season, how are all you weekend warriors going? Have you ever been 'snipered' whilst running at full tilt? Ever joked that calf tears are an old person's injury?

Did you know that acute soft tissue injuries (muscle strains) can result in substantial loss of time from work and exercise? Delayed rehabilitation can lead to prolonged pain and increased chance of re-occurrence. Here at Accelerate Physiotherapy some common types of soft tissue injuries we see are:

  •  Muscle strains and tears, eg. hamstring & quadriceps
  •  Ligament sprains or ruptures eg. ankle & knee
  •  Haematomas and Contusions eg. thigh & calf
  • Tendinopathy/Tendinitis eg.  achilles & rotator cuff

Early tissue loading and rehabilitation promotes muscle/tendon regeneration. This prevents the adverse effects that immobilisation has on connective tissue cells. Bayer et al. (2017) showed that starting rehabilitation for severe muscle strain 2 days after injury rather than waiting for 9 days shortened the period to pain-free recovery by 3 weeks, with no increase in re-injury risk.

 Figure 1. Early vs Delayed Rehabilitation After Acute Muscle Injury, Magnusson & Kjaer (2017)

Figure 1. Early vs Delayed Rehabilitation After Acute Muscle Injury, Magnusson & Kjaer (2017)

What we can do to help at Accelerate Physiotherapy:

  •  Increase flexibility and reduce pain using manual therapy such dry needling, soft tissue massage and joint mobilisation
  • Regain strength and function by completing exercise rehabilitation specific to your needs
  • Safely guide you back to your sport or activity with the use of strapping or braces when indicated
  •  Assist prevent injury re-occurrence by educating you on prevention programs and long term self management strategies
  • Refer you for imaging or to the right specialist if your injury looks serious

So what are you waititng for? Book with a physiotherapist call (02) 62324773 or online at accelerate.physio

References

1) Bayer ML, Magnusson SP, Kjaer M. Early versus delayed rehabilitation after acute muscle injury. N Engl J Med 2017;377:1300-1.