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Muscle Strains and Sprains

If a sudden injury left you sore or immobile, there’s a good chance you’ve sustained a strain or sprain.

What are Muscle Strains and Sprains?

When a muscle is pushed past its limit—from bearing too much weight or over-exertion—a small tear can develop. These tears, called strains, typically occur in the muscles or tendons of the calf, thigh, groin, or shoulder. A torn muscle can be painful and difficult to move.

Sprains are similar, but affect the ligaments that connect muscles to bone at joints. You are more likely to sustain this type of injury by striking or twisting your ankle, knee, elbow, or wrist. Sprains make it difficult to support weight or move the affected joint.

Learn more information about Ankle Sprains.

Recognizing the Symptoms of Strains and Sprains

Take note if you are experiencing the following symptoms:


  • Muscle is sore when resting

  • Muscle hurts when used

  • Muscle is stiff and tender to touch

  • Swelling


  • Acute pain at time of injury

  • Swelling

  • Bruising

Mild strains and sprains can usually be managed with a regimen of rest, ice, compression, and elevation of the limb. Mobility problems and joint restrictions associated with the injury can often be addressed by your Chiropractor.

If you are experiencing any these symptoms, we recommend you come in for a consultation. Make an appointment online anytime.

We are here to help

Our mission is to provide a timely and sustainable recovery. We practice a wide range of evidence-based techniques to aid in your recovery, customized for each patient.

Chiropractic Manipulative Treatment to help restore your full range of motion.

Therapy modalities such as cold laser or electric stimulation to minimize muscle tightness, pain, and swelling.

Neuromuscular Massage Therapy to improve circulation and reduce pain.

Therapeutic stretching to increase your flexibility.

IronChiro Center is proud to have serves the Rochester community for more than 20 years. You can schedule an appointment anytime by contacting our office.


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