What are sprains and strains?
Sprains and strains are among the most common injuries. A sprain is a stretching or tearing of ligaments, the tough, fibrous bands of tissue that connect bones to one another at a joint. A strain is a stretching or tearing of muscle tissue, commonly called a pulled muscle. Given adequate time and rest, most sprained joints or strained muscles will heal themselves. But severe tearing or complete rupture of the affected tissues can sometimes require surgical repair. Damage caused by a sprain can leave the bones in the affected joint improperly aligned, or the ligaments so stretched and weakened that the joint is particularly vulnerable to future injury.
What Causes Sprains and Strains?
Anything that places sudden or unexpected stress on joints or muscles may cause a sprain or strain. Chronic overuse of a joint can lead to stretching of ligaments, chronic inflammation, or chronic irritation of a muscle tendon. Falls, lifting heavy objects, and the exertion of an unfamiliar sport are common culprits. Being overweight, inactive, or in poor physical condition boosts the likelihood of injury. Improperly warming up and not stretching muscles before intense physical activity can also result in injury.
Dr. Mark Mangol’s Class IV Hamstring Injury Program
The Class IV LightForce Laser is at the heart of our treatment program in Anaheim, CA. It provides a safe, effective, non-invasive, painless solution for pain and injury caused by sprains and strains. Patients respond exceptionally well to treatments and usually notice significant pain relief after just a few treatments. Dr. Mangold’s program utilizes the latest FDA Cleared Lasers, and combines them with other therapies to help reduce the pain, strengthen the muscles and increase range of motion. Most importantly these treatments help reduce inflammation/swelling, which helps improve overall function. Dr. Mangold has been treating sports injuries for over 30 years and has been helping people suffering from various health conditions during that time. Patients seek his advice and care if they want to avoid surgery if at all possible and help you return to all the activities you enjoy.