Each year, 39 million people in the U.S. suffer some type of personal injury. Personal injury encompasses a wide variety of accidental injury types, but one of the most common is slips and falls. At Cenk Integrated Health in Pittsburgh, PA, we treat many personal injuries. We take a holistic approach to healing that can relieve pain and help prevent further injury.
Common Slip and Fall Injuries
Slips and falls can cause many types of injuries, including broken bones and concussions. However, the type most commonly treated by a chiropractor are soft tissue injuries. The most common types of personal injury due to slip and fall are sprains, strains, and contusions. Tendonitis is not typically caused by the fall itself, but the impact can cause it to flare up.
- Sprains: torn or stretched ligament
- Strain: stretched or torn muscle or tendon
- Contusion: bruising that can cause pain in the bone or muscle
- Tendonitis: inflammation of the tendon caused by repetitive stress or motion
Sprains and Strains
Sprains and strains can be caused by a slip and fall. When your body moves in an unintended way, it puts pressure on your muscles, ligaments, and tendons, which can cause a slip and fall injury. Symptoms of this type of injury include pain, swelling, and limited range of motion. Pain is often worse when you try to move the area.
A chiropractor can treat this type of injury in several ways. Chiropractic adjustment can restore alignment which will help to relieve the pain and allow your body to heal. Therapeutic massage and trigger point therapy can help to loosen stiff muscles or ligaments. Cryotherapy can reduce swelling and pain.
Rehabilitation exercises are also essential for this type of injury. Strains and sprains can weaken the area, making you more susceptible to injury in the future. Rehabilitation exercises will help heal the injury and strengthen the area to prevent injuries once you have recovered.
Contusions typically cause swelling, pain, and are painful when touched. You may experience stiffness or pain with motion in the surrounding muscles and joints. When a contusion occurs, blood vessels in the area are ruptured, which is what causes bruising near the surface of the skin. Bruising often occurs with deeper contusions as well, but not always.
Your chiropractor can help you to recover from a contusion injury. Ice is often recommended for the first 24-48 hours, then heat can be used. Rehabilitation exercises and therapeutic massage can also speed recovery.
Call Cenk Integrated Health Today!
If you have experienced a personal injury in Pittsburgh, contact us at 412-981-2195 Cenk Integrated Health. We will work with you to create a personalized treatment plan that will help you get back to your best health as soon as possible.