At 5280 Cryo and Recovery Clinics, even though cryotherapy is in our name, it’s only one of the many therapies that we use to treat your whole injury, not just the symptoms of it. Soft tissue damage, regardless of the mechanism of injury, is a serious condition that warrants professional medical attention. Without proper recovery treatments, you are all but assured to return to a sub-optimal physical state, and your likelihood of re-injuring yourself increase.
Conditions We Treat
Chronic foot and ankle sprain/strain injuries can lead to debilitating arthritic changes.
If not diagnosed and treated properly, knee injuries can lead to serious long-term pain.
Soft tissues injuries and joint pain in the hip severely limit motion and activity.
Hand and wrist conditions often arise from tendonitis conditions due to overuse.
Overuse of forearm muscles can lead to pains at the inside and outside of the elbow.
The shoulder has the largest range of motion in the body, which makes it more susceptible to injury.
Computer use, poor postures, and stress all contribute to neck and head conditions.
Muscle strains, rib pains, and pain near shoulder blades can drastically limit activity.
Low back pain can be very limiting and is the 2nd most common reason for doctor office visits.
Auto Accident Injuries:
Auto accident injuries can be serious, and they can lead to serious medical conditions over the long term. In particular, rear-end accidents tend to cause flexion/extension injuries in the neck. This kind of neck injury is known as whiplash. Shoulders and lower back regions can also be injured due to the forces applied and your body positing during an accident. Seatbelts, as a trade-off for providing a life-saving service, can cause injuries, too. Ligaments, nerves, and joints can be compressed, tractioned, or stretched — leading to other types of injury. The often painful nature of auto accident-related injuries can lead to the loss of work and an inability to lead an active lifestyle. Left untreated, these injuries have the potential to develop into chronic degenerative conditions you’ll be facing for the rest of your life.
Injuries Related to Auto-Accidents:
- Whiplash injuries to the neck
- Shoulder contusions or chest contusions
- Dizziness, blurry vision symptoms, and headaches
- Wrist or hand strain/sprain injuries
- Sciatica or other lower back pain
- Numbness or tingling in the arms, legs, fingers, or toes
- Pain in the shoulders or upper back
The whiplash injury to the neck, or cervical sprain/strain, is by far the most common injury that results from a car accident. Sprains and strains are referred to as soft tissue injuries (soft tissue includes muscles, tendons, and ligaments), but for simplicities sake, you can think of “soft tissue” as muscle.
Soft tissue injuries are invisible on x-rays and often overlooked or misdiagnosed. If a soft tissue injury is not correctly diagnosed and the injured doesn’t get soft tissue therapy, the injured muscles and other soft tissues can end up causing chronic pain for months, years after the accident.
Unfortunately, the standard medical approach to these injuries often amounts to nothing more than suppressing the symptoms with pain-killers and anti-inflammatory drugs, leaving the injured muscles to hopefully heal on their own.
Injured muscles heal with scar tissue in a way that leaves them weaker, less elastic, and prone to re-injury and pain. Muscular therapy approaches like Active Release Technique (A.R.T.) help to restore muscular strength, flexibility, and normal function by correcting or “aligning” the scar tissue.
This can be crucial for full muscular recovery. Muscles tend not to recover fully when given only time in which to heal. Even under ideal healing circumstances, the injured tissue will approximately only be 70 percent as strong as uninjured soft tissues.
DID YOU KNOW?
Your brain uses 20 percent of the oxygen that enters your bloodstream.