Muscle contractions and how to prevent them

Muscle contractures are very common in certain types of people, such as sedentary and professional athletes. Older people or people with high stress are other types of patients who suffer from this type of injury.

Something as common as a contracture in the neck, a leg or an arm, can happen any day with a simple movement at home, walking on the street or at work taking weight, etc.

It all sounds like a muscle contracture but, do you really know what it is?

As its name suggests, it is nothing more than a contraction of the muscle when one is tense or in a situation of high stress. If that tension stays in the muscle for a while, it is what gives rise to contracture.

Recovery time of a contracture

Since these lesions are usually mild, the recovery time is usually poor, although the contracture may be painful, depending on the case. It is very important to identify the area to be treated and treat it in time to minimize its effects. Therefore, by visiting our traumatologists or a physiotherapist at Vithas Xanit International Hospital, you can shorten recovery times so that you can return to your normal daily life as quickly as possible.

The average recovery time is usually 1 to 2 weeks, depending on the case.

How can we identify a contracture?

It may happen that at any given time we are not sure whether or not we have a contracture. In order to be able to identify them we will comment the types of contracture according to the moment in which they occur:

* During an effort: if the effort is too intense and there is a lack of training for a given exercise, it becomes pain and inflammation after accumulation of metabolites.

* After an effort: occurs mainly when the muscle is unable to return to its resting state or initial fatigue accumulated by too intense exercise.

* At the time of making the effort: after a serious injury such as a fiber break, a sprain or a fracture, the muscle around the injured area is contracted to protect the area. It can not return to normal and is therefore called residual contracture.

The causes of a muscular contracture can be:
– being too sedentary
– Professional sportsman
– excessive effort at some point
– elder people
– stressful situations

If you have long had a minor pain in the neck or shoulders for example, you might have a contracture. Therefore, we will explain what are the most significant symptoms of this mild injury:

  1. You can only make limited movements
  2. Inconvenience
  3. Pain in the area
  4. Feeling like having stiffness.
  5. Permanence in time.
  6. Vertigo
  7. It is not removed with rest

How to treat contractures?

The best ways to treat a contracture are:
– Massages
– Rest
– Apply heat to the area
– Bathrooms with temperature changes
– Take an anti-inflammatory if pain continues

Remember that it is not advisable to self-medication without knowing what you really have.

Therefore, if you have any of these symptoms and you have not yet gone to the doctor, our specialist traumatologist of the Vithas Xanit International Hospital will diagnose the area in search of swollen or stressed areas. Do not wait any longer and avoid further injury.