Sprain & Strains


Sprain/strains are very common occurrences after a car accident and may occur anywhere in the body from your neck to your back or even in your shoulders, arms, hips, and legs.  Sprain/strains occur as a result of damaged muscles and ligaments.  We must first identify which muscle or ligaments are affected.  The human body has between 600 and 800 muscles and thousands of ligaments.  Symptoms of muscle sprains or ligament sprains may include pain, soreness, decreased ranges-of-motion, bruising, swelling, muscle spams, stiffness or weakness.  

A muscle strain (pulled muscle) or ligament sprain occur when a muscle is overstretched due to fatigue, overuse or improper use.  A muscle strain may be acute and occur due to strenuous activity or may be chronic in nature due to a variety of factors. 

How are sprain/strains treated?

Dr. Moscow may order imaging such as an MRI to evaluate the exact nature of your injury.  Since every patient presents with a unique set of signs and symptoms you will get a treatment plan tailored specifically for your injuries.  

Dr. Moscow has successfully treated thousands of patients with sprain/strain injuries.  Once the injury is properly identified we can find the appropriate method of treatment.  Treatment options may include a chiropractic adjustment or manipulation.  Dr. Moscow has many methods that he may utilize including a traditional chiropractic adjustment in order to properly align a misaligned joint and restore normal function.  Or if more appropriate he may use gentle techniques such as using Cox decompression therapy (flexion-distraction), Arthrostim or Activator instrument or do various stretching techniques.  

Dr. Moscow may also utilize other treatment modalities such as electrical muscle stimulation, ultrasound, hot and cold packs, various methods of stretching, massage therapy, exercise and rehabilitation, nutrition counseling or may prescribe a brace or orthotic.  Our medical doctor may recommend prescription or over the counter medications, or recommend a trigger point injection.

Every person is different and deserves an approach to treatment that is best suited to you.