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How Do You Treat a Muscle or Joint Injury?

  blog post author icon   blog post published date icon   09/02/23

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Your body has more than 600 muscles in it. It also contains more than 300 joints. As a result, there is a good chance you'll suffer both muscle and joint injuries at different points throughout your life.

It is important to recognize the signs and symptoms of these injuries. If you don't spot a muscle or joint capsule injury, it could worsen and have serious consequences. That's why you should look out for the signs and symptoms of these types of injuries and consider getting an official diagnosis from your healthcare provider.

Once you receive diagnoses for muscle and joint injuries, you can begin following the proper injury treatment protocol. Treating an injury will allow you to nurse an injured muscle or joint back to full strength. It may also help lessen the aches and pains accompanying these injuries.

Learn more about spotting, diagnosing, and treating a muscle or joint capsule injury below.

Spotting Signs and Symptoms of Muscle and Joint Injuries

It probably won't be easy to tell if you have a minor muscle or joint injury. You'll experience muscle or joint pain when you sustain muscle or joint injuries.

But there will also be other signs and symptoms suggesting you must begin treating an injury. You should watch for them if you ever feel muscle or joint pain.

Here are some of the most common signs and symptoms of muscle injuries:

  • Muscle weakness
  • Redness or bruising
  • Muscle spasms
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Tenderness

Here are some of the most common signs and symptoms of joint injuries:

  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Limited range of motion
  • Warmth
  • Unusual clicking noises

You shouldn't ignore any of these signs and symptoms if you suspect you might have a muscle or joint capsule injury. This could worsen a bad situation and leave you looking for a much longer recovery time.

Diagnosing Muscle and Joint Injuries

When you suffer a muscle or joint capsule injury, you might be under the impression that you'll always be able to diagnose it yourself. For example, you may believe you have a pulled hamstring muscle after feeling this muscle pull during a race. Or you may believe you have an ankle sprain after rolling it while playing pickup basketball.

But the problem with this approach to diagnosing muscle and joint injuries is that you might need help to diagnose their severity. Your injury could be not as bad as you initially thought or worse than you suspected.

You should consider seeing a healthcare provider when nursing a muscle or joint capsule injury. They'll be able to evaluate your injury and provide you with an official diagnosis in most cases. They also recommend you have an X-ray or an MRI performed to rule out more serious muscle and joint injuries.

Treating a Muscle or Joint Capsule Injury

After you receive an official diagnosis for a muscle or joint injury, you and your doctor will be able to come up with a plan for treating an injury. There will be a variety of ways in which you can get the injury treatment you need.

If your muscle or joint injury isn't too bad, you might be able to benefit from using the RICE method to your advantage. The RICE method will involve you taking the following steps:

  1. Resting the part of your body that is injured
  2. Icing your muscle or joint injury
  3. Compressing the portion of your body that is in recovery
  4. Elevating the muscle or joint that you hurt

By taking these steps, you should be able to reduce much of the pain you're experiencing. You should also be able to get the blood flowing through the part of your body that sustained a muscle or joint injury. It'll make treating an injury easier and hopefully help you heal quicker than you would otherwise.

In many instances, the RICE method works wonders for muscle and joint injuries. But if they don't do the trick, you might need to try other things for injury treatment. This may include:

  • Taking over-the-counter medications and/or prescription drugs to treat pain
  • Putting physical therapy to the test to see if it helps you regain strength in an injured muscle or joint
  • Undergoing surgery to repair a muscle or joint capsule injury

Ideally, you should try to do everything you can to avoid surgery. But there will be times when it might be your best injury treatment option.

Preventing Muscle and Joint Injuries

Because you have so many muscles and joints, avoiding all muscle and joint injuries will be almost impossible. But you can do your best to prevent these types of injuries.

Here are some of the things you can try to prevent muscle and joint injuries from occurring:

  • Make sure you warm up before taking part in any physical activities and stretch your muscles and joints thoroughly
  • Use the proper techniques any time you're participating in sports or other physical activities
  • Try not to do the same types of physical activities day in and day out
  • Do strength-training exercises to make your muscles stronger and provide protection for your joints
  • Cool down at the end of all your physical activities

Make Taking Good Care of Your Muscles and Joints a Top Priority

When you're still on the younger side, you can quickly bounce back from a muscle or joint capsule injury. But as you get older, it can become more difficult to do this.

With this in mind, you should do what you can to prevent muscle and joint injuries. You should also strive to spot the signs and symptoms of muscle and common injuries and work to get them diagnosed if you ever sustain them. It'll help you start treating an injury so that you can get back to full strength fast.

Read more informative articles on treating injuries on the rest of our blog.

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