If you enjoy participating in sports, you must be aware of sports injuries. Almost everyone who engages in some form of physical activity has gone through it at some point. Sprains, knee injuries, inflamed muscles, back pain, and other ailments are the most typical sports injuries. Although most people choose to cure them with medications, there are some natural solutions you can try. These work well and have no negative side effects.
Immediately after your injury
A few things should happen within the first few hours after experiencing muscle damage. In addition to the initial agony, you may have swelling and bruising. The initial intense pain may be followed by a throbbing aching. Moreover, the wounded area may be sensitive to movement and responsive to touch. You may be unable to use it regularly for the first several hours.
Several sports trainers and athletes use the abbreviation R.I.C.E. to remember how to manage a minor muscle injury. It is an acronym that stands for rest, ice, compress, and elevate.
One of the most effective strategies to begin your recovery process is to rest. Your wounded muscle will be weak and prone to further injury, particularly in the initial several hours. Let it heal by taking a break from moving it.
The first day or two following an injury when using ice will be most beneficial. Put an ice pack, a bag of frozen vegetables, or a bag of crushed ice on your wound. By reducing the amount of blood flowing to the area, it will aid in reducing discomfort and avoiding swelling. Never put the ice straight on your bare skin to prevent frostbite. Instead, apply it to the damaged region after wrapping it in a small cloth or towel. Apply ice for 15 to 20 minutes at a time, letting your skin warm up normally in between applications.
By restricting the accumulation of fluid, an elastic bandage tightly wrapped around your injury can reduce swelling. By keeping the damaged area partially immobile, it might also lessen pain. Even while the bandage might not be sufficient to completely immobilize the damaged area, it will offer some support and serve as a reminder to keep it still.
Remove the bandage and rewrap it more loosely if it produces tingling or numbness. It shouldn’t be so constricting that it makes you uncomfortable or restricts your blood flow. Even mild compression can aid in preventing fluid from amassing around the wound.
By enabling fluid to escape the area, elevating an injury above the level of your heart will assist reduce swelling. If you are unable to raise the damaged area above your heart, attempt to keep it at or near your heart’s level. Try lying down with one or two pillows jammed beneath your buttocks and lower back to lift it if you have a hip or buttocks injury.
Ultrasound Therapy – a popular treatment for sports injuries
The ultrasonic waves that produce ultrasound therapy have a favorable thermal effect. The ultrasonic waves cause a vibration inside the treated area and surrounding tissues during treatment. This vibration stimulates collagen formation (more on that later) and generates deep heat within the tissues. This deep heat affects the muscular tissues, ligaments, tendons, scar tissue, and fibrous joint capsules, assisting in the following:
- Pain relief
- Reducing muscular spasms
- Promoting tissue healing
This last benefit, aiding tissue repair, is thought to shorten healing times following a sports injury. More mast cells are transported to the wounded area when a patient is treated with an ultrasound therapy machine. This influx of cells increases blood flow to the wounded region, which improves the body’s inflammatory response to an injury.
Furthermore, as previously stated, therapeutic ultrasound activates collagen, which is the primary structural component of tendons and ligaments. This increase in collagen aids and accelerates tissue regeneration and healing. Furthermore, as the collagen grows, it has a beneficial effect on any fibrous scar tissue that may form as a result of the damage.
How does ultrasound work?
Mechanical vibrations are produced by the metal head of an ultrasound machine. As a result, sound waves are produced (like a buzzing). The frequency of these sound waves, however, is so high that humans cannot hear them.
The dissipation of sound waves occurs when they come into contact with air. As a result, therapists apply a particular ultrasonic gel to the skin to allow sound waves to enter your body. Because ultrasound waves may travel through water, ultrasound therapy can also be used underwater.
The energy from the waves is transmitted into your soft tissues when the therapy head passes over the skin.
Using therapeutic ultrasound to treat sports injuries
Numerous scientific studies have demonstrated the advantages of employing therapeutic ultrasonography to treat sports injuries. This is a sampling of a few of the studies.
- Bone healing: Low-intensity, pulsed “ultrasound therapy proved useful in accelerating bone and tendon healing after a sports injury,” according to a study published in the British Medical Journal.
- Tissue repair: Another study published in Clinical Orthopedics and Related Research discovered that low-intensity, pulsed therapeutic ultrasound aided in cartilage healing following a patellar injury.
- Ligament restoration: According to this study published in the Journal of Ultrasound Medicine, using ultrasound therapy improved the recovery of ligament damage.
When someone gets a sports injury, whether a professional athlete or a weekend warrior, the goal is to return to full function in daily activities as soon as feasible. Ultrasound therapy is an excellent tool to utilize in rehabilitation to shorten recovery time and promote healing for most sports injuries.
US 111 – an ultrasound machine by UltraCare PRO
The US 111 Therapeutic Ultrasound Therapy Machine is a well-known medical advancement that is a non-invasive, all-natural method of treating any type of chronic muscle pain. As a result of crystals vibrating within the probe’s head, this portable ultrasound therapy device with smart technology inside produces pulsed and continuous 1 MHz sound waves. These waves then penetrate the skin up to 1.6 inches (4 cm) into muscles and body tissues, causing deep heating that the patient typically does not feel.
US 111, when used promptly and frequently, can promote muscular pain recovery while also reducing swelling and inflammation. The controls allow you to customize the length, intensity, and mode of the therapy.
US 111 ultrasound therapy provides immediate relief for neck pain, chronic back pain, Myofascial pain syndrome, which describes recurring pain and spasms in a specific area of the body, osteoarthritis, a chronic inflammatory condition affecting the joints, bone breaks, nerve pain, and pain caused by non-cancerous tumors or abnormal growths.
Features of US111
- POWERFUL PERFORMANCE – Ultrasound-enabled device which generates pulsed and continuous 1 MHz frequency sound waves that penetrate the skin up to 1.6 inches into muscles and heal the pain with deep heating.
- HANDY & USER-FRIENDLY – US 111 is designed in such a way that a person can use it most efficiently. This handy device is quite easy to carry and effortless to operate it doesn’t need any expert attention or guidance.
- ULTRA-PRECISION – Developed with high precision to treat the pain fast. Its intensity and the mode of treatment can be adjusted with the controls provided on the device depending on the pain condition.
- PROVEN RESULTS – US 111 is tested, approved, and even used by pain management professionals and has given successful pain relief results with its 8 levels of intensity.
The FDA has approved the US111 with UltraCare PRO products as a therapeutic option for a variety of chronic pain conditions. These portable medical devices are part of the UltraCare PRO series and are designed for people who want to self-treat at home or seek expert care at a clinic.