Physiotherapy for Muscle Contusions

Physiotherapy is a healthcare profession that can help with your muscle contusion. Physiotherapists are experts trained in treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal conditions including muscle contusions. Whether you’ve undergone surgery for your contusion or not, physiotherapy will be able to help you get back to the sport that you love or achieve your highest possible function as fast and safely possible.

Your First Physiotherapy Visit

Your physiotherapist will likely ask about your symptoms and your activity at the time of your injury. In addition, your therapist will be asking other questions related to your injury. Your PT will then conduct a thorough physical evaluation and examination of your injured muscle and other related structures.

After your evaluation and examination, your physiotherapist will be creating a comprehensive treatment plan for you. You will be actively participating in choosing the right treatments for you. Your treatment plan will be based on your symptoms, other related problems, and your stated goals.

Physiotherapy for Muscle Contusion

The type of physiotherapy treatments that you will receive will depend on the severity of your injury, your symptoms, other related problems and your specific goals. In most cases, the treatments provided will be a combination of the following:
  • Cold therapy / Heat therapy

    If you have symptoms of pain and swelling, your physiotherapist may wrap an ice pack with towel and apply it over your injured muscle for about 20 minutes. This can help decrease your pain and swelling. Ice is usually applied for acute muscle injuries.

    When swelling has already subsided, your physiotherapist may decide to apply heat therapy. This may include hot pack application and ultrasound therapy. However, heat is avoided if swelling is still present.

    Heat can help relieve your pain, relieve muscle tightness, and improve tissue healing.

  • Exercises

    In most cases, exercises are usually prescribed. Your return to your original activities or sport will depend on your motivation in performing physiotherapy exercises. Exercises that you will perform may include
    • Range of motion exercises
    • Stretching or flexibility exercises
    • Strengthening exercises

  • Other modalities or therapies

    Your personal physiotherapist may include other treatment approaches for your muscle contusion. These may include
    • Electrotherapy (e.g. transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation)
    • Water therapy, and
    • Massage

One important aspect of your rehabilitation is patient education. Your physiotherapist will educate you about muscle contusion, including
  • Precautions that you should observe as you recover
  • Modification of your home and work activities
  • Self-care of your symptoms, and
  • Injury prevention

Your therapist may decide to also provide you with a home exercise program that you can safely perform at the comfort of your home to help hasten your healing and recovery. Be sure to strictly follow your physiotherapist’s recommendations and instructions.

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